Partner Communications Announces the Ministry of Communications' Decision Regarding the Roaming Services Hearing

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Partner Communications Company Ltd. ("Partner" or "the Company") (PTNR) (PTNR.TA), a leading Israeli communications operator, announces that following the Company's previous reports with respect to the hearing process pertaining to roaming services abroad, the Company received yesterday the Ministry of Communications' ("MOC") final decision on this matter.

According to the MOC's decision, effective February 2014, the mobile radio telephone (MRT) licenses of all of the cellular operators in Israel will be amended so that as a default, the access to cellular internet services abroad will be blocked, unless the subscriber requested to have access to such services or has purchased a roaming services package or has extended his existing package.

Implementation of the MOC's decision may have a negative effect on the Company's financial results. The Company intends to exercise mitigating steps, in order to minimize the negative impact of the MOC's decision, however, at this stage the Company cannot estimate the end effect of the MOC's decision.

For further information see the Company's press release and immediate report on form 6-K dated February 27, 2013 and the 2012 annual report (20-F) filed with the SEC on March 19, 2013 (item 4B.14d - viii - Hearings and Examinations).

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "seek", "will", "plan", "could", "may", "project", "goal", "target" and similar expressions often identify forward-looking statements but are not the only way we identify these statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release regarding our future performance, plans to increase revenues or margins or preserve or expand market share in existing or new markets, plans to reduce expenses, and any statements regarding other future events or our future prospects, are forward-looking statements.

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current knowledge and our present beliefs and expectations regarding possible future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about Partner, consumer habits and preferences in cellular telephone usage, trends in the Israeli telecommunications industry in general, the impact of current global economic conditions and possible regulatory and legal developments. For further information regarding of some of the risks we face, see "Item 3. Key Information - 3D. Risk Factors", "Item 4. Information on the Company", "Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects", "Item 8. Financial Information - 8A. Consolidated Financial Statements and Other Financial Information – 8A.1 Legal and Administrative Proceedings" and "Item 11. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk" in the Company's 2012 Annual Report (20-F) filed with the SEC on March 19, 2013. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release might not occur, and actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Partner Communications

Partner Communications Company Ltd. ("Partner") is a leading Israeli provider of telecommunications services (cellular, fixed-line telephony and internet services) under the orange™ brand and the 012 Smile brand. Partner’s ADSs are quoted on the NASDAQ Global Select Market™ and its shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR).

For more information about Partner, see:

Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Mr. Ziv Leitman, Tel: +972-54-7814951
Chief Financial Officer


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