Inwi to offer ADSL despite delayed wholesale access offers

24 Sep 2014

Moroccan telecoms provider Inwi (Wana) has reportedly launched its long-awaited ADSL services, despite an ongoing issue with the sharing of incumbent Maroc Telecom’s local loop, domestic news source La Vie Eco reports. According to unnamed sources, Inwi has contacted a number of clients to offer them a free trial subscription to the new ADSL service, at download speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 20Mbps. The operator will reportedly use Maroc Telecom’s local loop, under the terms set out by the current technical and tariff wholesale offers, which have been referred for revision by telecoms regulator Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT).

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the 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 virtual unbundled local access (VULA) model. Further, the ANRT gave the former monopoly operator a deadline of 1 August to provide a wholesale offer to Meditel and Inwi; the incumbent was subsequently accused by its rivals of failing to fully meet its obligation to publish an updated technical and tariff wholesale offer for passive access to its fixed local loop.

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