Moroccan telecoms watchdog Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) has published its Decision ANRT/DG/No.19 (dated 26 December 2014), which establishes the technical requirements and tariffs for access to Maroc Telecom’s (IAM’s) copper local loop and passive fibre infrastructure. The incumbent was given until 20 January 2015 to incorporate of the regulator’s recommendations and publish a new wholesale offer. The new offer will be accessed by ANRT and an external consultancy, with Maroc Telecom given a deadline of 30 January to make the necessary amendments.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2014 the ANRT published 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. 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, it was accused of failing to publish wholesale offers that cover shared cabinet access, full and partial unbundling and bitstream access on several occasions.