Israel has lifted a ban on Apple Inc.'s iPad, saying it will allow the device after testing showed it is compatible with the country's wireless networks.
The Israeli Communications Ministry had banned the tablet computer, saying it was incompatible with Israeli Wi-Fi standards, which are different from the American settings the iPad is configured for, Ynetnews reported Sunday.
Customs officials confiscated about 20 units brought into the country from abroad, Ynetnews said.
The ministry lifted the ban Saturday after determining the devices automatically adjust wireless broadcast intensity to match local standards, avoiding placing unnecessary strain on Israeli Wi-Fi networks.
The ministry will allow personal import of iPads, it said, and the confiscated devices will be returned to their owners.
Apple's distributor in Israel, iDigital, applauded the decision and said the iPad would be introduced in Israel in the coming months, the report said.