Moroccan telecoms regulator, the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has published a decision dated 17 June 2014, which establishes the rules governing local loop unbundling (LLU) in Morocco. The regulator is looking to level the playing field in the market, which is currently 99.5% dominated by incumbent fixed line operator Maroc Telecom. Under the new regulations, Maroc Telecom is required to provide colocation for third-party operators’ equipment in its existing cabinets, install multi-operator cabinets for part of their future nodes and establish an active wholesale offer for third-party operators under a virtual unbundled local access (VULA) model. Further, the ANRT has given the former monopoly operator a deadline of 1 August to provide a wholesale offer to domestic alternative operators Meditel and Inwi, and to provide a technical and tariff wholesale offer for passive access to its fixed local loop.
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