Moroccan cellcos block OTT VoIP calls

7 Jan 2016

All three Moroccan wireless providers have reportedly restricted the use of VoIP services through free applications – such as WhatsApp, Viber and Skype – when using the cellcos’ 3G/4G networks, Medias 24 reports. The free VoIP applications are functional when the voice calls are made through a Wi-Fi connection, though such VoIP calls are understood to also be restricted in the coming months. An unnamed source was cited as saying: ‘All the operators have decided to block VoIP calls. Subscribers can no longer make VoIP calls over 3G and 4G. Over Wi-Fi, the blockage is in progress, so the service works intermittently. It should be completely blocked in the next two months.’

TeleGeography notes that incumbent Maroc Telecom had been accused of blocking access to a number of VoIP operations in the country on several occasions. Most recently, in August 2014 the telco restricted access to Viber for a month.

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