Maroc Telecom accused of delaying wholesale access offers

22 Sep 2014

Moroccan telecoms operators Inwi (Wana) and Medi Telecom (Meditel) have reportedly accused fixed line incumbent Maroc Telecom of failing to fully meet its obligation to publish an updated technical and tariff wholesale offer for passive access to its fixed local loop, Agence Ecofin reports. The two alternative providers have claimed that the Moroccan incumbent has only provided wholesale offers for virtual unbundled local access (VULA) and fibre access, and has yet to publish offers that cover shared cabinet access, full and partial unbundling and bitstream access. Further, Wana and Meditel have disclosed that Maroc Telecom’s partial compliance means that they would struggle to launch services over its infrastructure by the end of the year.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Moroccan telecoms regulator, the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), published a decision dated 17 June 2014, which established the rules governing local loop unbundling (LLU) in Morocco. 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 VULA model. Further, the ANRT gave the former monopoly operator a deadline of 1 August to provide a wholesale offer to Meditel and Inwi.

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