Morocco’s National Agency for Regulation of Telecommunications’ (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom’s, ANRT’s) has given domestic incumbent Maroc Telecom (IAM) until 31 December 2015 to publish a new wholesale offer for access to its copper local loop and passive fibre infrastructure (including nationwide access to its dark fibre), following an analysis of the relevant markets in the country. With Decision ANRT/DG/06/15, the regulator designated Maroc Telecom with significant market power (SMP) in five markets, namely: fixed termination, mobile voice termination, SMS termination, wholesale leased lines and wholesale access to the physical components of the wired local loop.
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. While Maroc Telecom 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 the required documents on numerous occasions.