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012 Smile.Communications Submits Application for Mobile WiMAX

Trials in Tel Aviv- Ramat Gan  PETACH TIKVA, Israel, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Internet Gold - Golden Lines ltd (Nasdaq: IGLD; TASE) reports that her it's subsidiary 012 Smile.Communications (Nasdaq: SMLC; TASE), a growth-oriented provider of communication services in Israel, today announced that it has applied to Israel's Communications Ministry to expand its license for mobile WiMAX trials to allow an expanded trial in the Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan area, Israel's most densely populated business and residential center. Through the trial, the Company plans to provide users with an Internet connectivity rate of up to a high 10MB, a speed sufficient to support both mobile telephony and a variety of Internet-based applications. The trial will utilize WiMAX technology provided by Alvarion (Nasdaq: ALVR).  012 Smile.Communications was the first Israeli company to receive a license for the operation of a fixed WiMAX trial in March 2007. Later, the Company, in partnership with Alvarion and Intel, expanded the trial to bring WiMAX-based Internet and telephony services to the city of Sderot, currently a security challenged region in Israel's Western Negev. Under the framework of this innovative initiative, the Company brought connectivity to kindergartens and an elementary schools that had relocated in light of the security situation, and established a Mobile WiMAX area covering the campus of the region's Sapir Institute.  Ms. Stella Hendler, President and CEO of 012 Smile.Communications, commented, "We view Mobile WiMAX as an important technology for supporting a portion of the mobile services that we intend to roll out in the future, and our Tel Aviv trial is one more link in a chain of the activities that are preparing us to launch countrywide services. As soon as the Ministry of Communications grants us the required licenses and terms, we will be ready to enter the cellular market as an additional operator. Through the provision of services that combine MVNO, Mobile WiMAX and Mobile VoB (both  VoB over 3G and VoB over Wi-Fi ) technologies, we believe that we will be able to offer attractive cellular services, both from the standpoint of price and from the technological advancement of our offerings."  About Internet Gold  Internet Gold is one of Israel's leading communications groups with a major presence across all Internet-related sectors. Its 72.4% owned subsidiary, 012 Smile.Communications Ltd., is one of Israel's major Internet and international telephony service providers, and one of the largest providers of enterprise/IT integration services. Its 100% owned subsidiary, Smile.Media Ltd., manages a growing portfolio of Internet portals and e-Commerce sites.  Forward-Looking Statements  This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the industry, changes in the regulatory and legal compliance environments, the failure to manage growth and other risks detailed from time to time in Company's filings with the Securities Exchange Commission. These documents contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement.        For further information, please contact:     Mor Dagan - Investor Relations     mor@km-ir.co.il  /  Tel:+972-3-516-7620     Ms. Idit Azulay, Internet Gold     idita@co.smile.net.il  /  Tel: +972 200-3848     SOURCE  Internet Gold  CONTACT: Investor Relations, Mor Dagan, mor@km-ir.co.il, or +972-3-516-7620; or Ms. Idit  Azulay, Internet Gold, idita@co.smile.net.il, +972-200-3848 -0- May/04/2008  6:27 GMT