A multinational cable and telecommunications company, headquartered in Amsterdam. The group provides cable based services (television, fast broadband Internet and fixed line telephony) and, in certain countries, mobile telephony services to private and corporate clients.
Through its Israeli subsidiary, Hot Telecummunicatoin Systems, the company holds a special permit from the Civil Administration for the provision of cable television and telecommunication services to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Another fully owned Israeli subsidiary – Hot Mobile, assembled 121 antennas and telecommunication infrastructure facilities in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, some of this infrastructure is located on confiscated privately owned Palestinian land. Hot Mobile also pays royalties to Israeli settlements.
Using this infrastructure, the Hot Telecommunications Systems provides telecommunications services to dozens of Israeli settlements, in addition to the operation of sales and customer service centers in the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, the settlement neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev in East Jerusalem and Katzrin in the occupied Golan.
Additionally, the company enjoys the structural advantages of Israeli cellular services providers over Palestinian competitors in the Palestinian market. Hot Mobile operates four sales and customer service centers in Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, an area that is off limits for the Palestinian cellular companies and therefore constitutes a captive market.
Hot Mobile was the exclusive provider of cellular phone services to the Israeli army (since 2005 and until 2011); this included the infrastructure set for use throughout the occupied Palestinian territory. There are reports of the company having at least 200 antennas set inside military bases of the Israeli army. Who Profits was able to confirm that the company holds four cellular antennas in military checkpoints across the West Bank.
Moreover, Hot Mobile operates the communication network installed in the Jerusalem light train's motor coaches. The train connects the settlement neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem with the city center.
The company is controlled by its founder - Patrick Drahi, which owns 58.5% of its shares, through a holding company named Next LP. Additional shareholders are Europacific Growth Fund (5.36%) and The Capital Group of Companies (5%).
The company operates under the green.ch, HOT, MCS TV, numericable, Numericable SFR, orange, PT, SFR, and tricom brands. It also has a partnership with NextRadioTV for the development of multimedia projects.
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