Telecoms amendment bill passed to Moroccan government for approval

3 Jan 2014

Azdine El Mountassir Billah, general director of telecoms watchdog Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has announced that Amendment Bill 121-12, revising and supplementing the Post and Telecommunications Act (Law No. 24-96), will be presented to the Government Council for approval, local news agency L’Economiste reports. According to the article, the executive has revealed that the new regulation gives more power to the telecoms watchdog, and if passed, the ANRT will be allowed to impose penalties on operators of up to 2% of their turnover before tax, in cases of infringement. The bill also addresses consumer protection, infrastructure sharing and the integration of optical fibre infrastructure in buildings, among other topics. Further, the Amendment Bill ultimately aims to create a national roaming system, which will allow subscribers to use the network of any operator available in the area in which they are located.

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