Inwi sues Maroc Telecom over access to the local loop

26 Mar 2018

Moroccan telecoms company Inwi has filed a lawsuit against market leader Maroc Telecom (IAM) for non-compliance with regulatory provisions related to the sharing of telecoms infrastructure, demanding more than MAD5.7 billion (USD620 million) in damages. Local news source Le360 writes that Inwi took the decision to proceed with a legal challenge after numerous complaints to the local regulator regarding altnets’ access to Maroc Telecom’s local loop went unanswered.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) published the rules governing local loop unbundling (LLU) in Morocco in June 2014. Under the 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 obliged to provide a technical and tariff wholesale offer for passive access to its fixed local loop by 1 August 2014, it has yet to publish the required documents.

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