Morocco’s ANRT taken to court over OTT VoIP block

12 Apr 2016

A lawsuit has been filed against Moroccan telecoms regulator the National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) following its decision to block over-the-top (OTT) VoIP services – such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp – in January, with the first hearing in the case scheduled for 21 April, Morocco World News reports. The unidentified plaintiff lodged the case in an administrative court in Oujda.

The ANRT justified its decision to block the OTT VoIP services by saying that the foreign entities who manage them ‘did not have the telecommunications licences necessary to operate in the country’ and thus ‘unjustifiably steal potential revenue from domestic companies’. The plaintiff’s representative Mourad Zibouh, however, said: ‘The ANRT does not intend to protect the market, but only the interest of the largest operator, [Maroc Telecom], which plays the role of a monopoly … The agency’s decision protects a single actor, while discriminating against others.’


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