More delays in unbundling the local loop in Morocco

28 Sep 2015

Maroc Telecom (IAM) is yet to publish a new wholesale offer for access to its copper local loop and passive fibre infrastructure, despite being given a deadline of 20 January 2015 to incorporate all of the National Agency for Regulation of Telecommunications’ (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom’s, ANRT’s) recommendations outlined in Decision ANRT/DG/No.19 (dated 26 December 2014), Agence Ecofin reports. In an interview with Media24, Michel Paulin, the CEO of Meditel, has confirmed that the publication of the approved wholesale offer – which must cover shared cabinet access, full and partial unbundling and bitstream access – is still pending, thus preventing alternative operators from access to IAM’s infrastructure.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2014 the ANRT published the rules governing local loop unbundling (LLU) in Morocco. 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. Although the incumbent telco was initially required to provide a technical and tariff wholesale offer for passive access to its fixed local loop by 1 August, it was accused of failing to publish the required documents on several occasions.