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As the rest of the world prepares for the fifth generation of mobile communications technology, the West Bank finally has third-generation cell service. Starting this week, Palestinians in the West Bank can purchase 3G mobile service through one of two domestic providers. Despite this week's upgrade in the West Bank, Gaza still only has 2G service.Without proper technology at home, many Palestinians have turned to Israeli providers, whose 4G reception reaches Palestine in fits and starts through towers built in illegal settlements constructed by Israel in the West Bank. Israeli providers have siphoned off nearly 30 percent of the Palestinian customer base.Through its occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, Israel controls the radio frequencies above ground, cellular towers on the ground and telecom infrastructure below ground.Palestinian farmers struggle to expand operations and bring produce to market without access to the Jordan Valley, a fertile track of land sitting firmly inside Area C. Israel has barred Palestinian agricultural activity in 85 percent of the Jordan Valley.
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