Maroc Telecom (IAM), the country’s incumbent fixed line operator, has published a wholesale offer for passive access to its fixed local loop, which integrates all amendments and improvements requested by telecoms regulator the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) with decision ANRT/DG/No.14 (dated 9 December 2014). The new wholesale offer, effective since 1 January 2015, will allow alternative operators to install equipment in Maroc Telecom’s cabinets and to connect at any point of its networks.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June 2014 the ANRT published the rules governing local loop unbundling (LLU) in Morocco. Under the regulation, 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. Although the incumbent telco was initially required to provide a technical and tariff wholesale offer for passive access to its fixed local loop by 1 August 2014, it was accused of failing to publish wholesale offers that cover shared cabinet access, full and partial unbundling and bitstream access on several occasions.