|This article is outdated. (May 2012)|
|Native name||הוט מובייל|
|Headquarters||Hevel Modi'in Regional Council, Israel|
|Products||UMTS, HSDPA, SMS, MMS, iDEN|
Hot Mobile (until May 2012 called Mirs Communications Ltd.), is a wireless telecommunications company based in Israel and a subsidiary of the Altice Group, an international holding company which also owns the Israeli cable TV company Hot, the French cable TV company Numericable and the French wireless communications company SFR, as well as other telecom firms. Hot Mobile provides nationwide wireless service using UMTS in the 2100Mhz band, with supplemented coverage through a domestic roaming agreement with Pelephone (until they reach full coverage). The company also operates a separate legacy network utilizing Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) technology (in the 800Mhz SMR band) with PTT service that appeals mainly to businesses and large organizations.
Mirs was founded in 1994, as part of Motorola's Communications division, and provided wireless networks, uaing the Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) technology, for the military and large organizations. At first it was a closed system, enabling communication only between Mirs clients but over the years they added the ability to connect to other network, thus turning it into a full wireless network, fist by using a landline number (starting with 03-77)and in 2001, after receiving an official provider license, with its own provider code 057.
In 2006 Mirs became the sole provider of wireless service to the IDF following the end of the IDF contract with Pelephone. The IDF offered free Mirs phones to its commissioned officers and those soldiers in its standing army whose jobs require it.
In 2010 the company was sold, by Motorola to the Altice Group.
In 2012 the company was rebranded as "Hot Mobile" as part of the Hot brand that is owned by the Altice Group and includes the Israeli cable TV company Hot. The official launch of the new network was On May 14, 2012.
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