Inwi refers Maroc Telecom to regulator for blocking LLU

3 Jan 2017

Moroccan operator Inwi has made a formal complaint to the National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) over fixed line incumbent Maroc Telecom’s (IAM’s) failure to comply with the country’s local loop unbundling (LLU) regulations, which were first introduced in December 2014, media24.com writes quoting unnamed sources. The move follows a previous ANRT ruling against the incumbent (published in October 2016), which ordered Maroc Telecom to open up its fixed line network to alternative operators willing to provide LLU services; the regulator’s move was prompted by a complaint filed by Orange Morocco (formerly known as Meditel).

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the ANRT first published the rules governing LLU in Morocco in June 2014. 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.

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