Morocco lifts ban on OTT VoIP services

7 Nov 2016

Moroccan telecoms regulator the National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) has ordered the country’s three mobile operators – Maroc Telecom (IAM), Inwi (Wana) and Medi Telecom (Meditel) – to allow over-the-top (OTT) VoIP services, such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. The decision comes several months after an unidentified plaintiff logged a legal lawsuit against the regulator’s decision to ban the service in an administrative court in Oujda.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January the ANRT restricted the use of OTT VoIP services over cellcos’ 3G/4G networks. The authority justified its decision to block the 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’.

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