JERUSALEM (Jun. 16)
Israel has taken its first step to hook up with the international satellite communications system. The $14 million, 15-story ground tracking station is being constructed by the General Telephone and Electronics International Systems Corp. The Export-Import Bank loaned Israel $1.575 million for the project. The new facility will add 400 international phone lines to Israel’s communications system which presently has 128 lines carried by the undersea cable from Marseilles. During the next six months, 50 Israeli telephone subscribers will be able to direct-dial overseas calls and in five years all Israeli overseas calls would be made by direct dialing.