Maroc Telecom, the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, is reportedly planning to oppose the adoption of a draft telecoms amendment bill, which was passed to the Government Council for approval in January 2014. Agence Ecofin reports that Abdeslam Ahizoune, chairman and CEO of Maroc Telecom, has launched a campaign to ‘derail the project’. Further, Noubir Amaoui, secretary general of the Democratic Labour Confederation (CDT), has allegedly expressed his concerns that infrastructure sharing could end Maroc Telecom’s monopoly in the fixed market and will result in the direct loss of 10,000 jobs in the company.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January 2014 Azdine El Mountassir Billah, general director of telecoms watchdog Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), announced that Amendment Bill 121-12, revising and supplementing the Post and Telecommunications Act (Law No. 24-96), would be presented to the Government Council for approval. The executive also 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 fibre-optic infrastructure in buildings, among other topics.