OTT Services Blocked in Morocco

…and the regulator has admitted to being behind the initiative to block them.

In a statement posted on its website, the National Agency for Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT) has admitted to being behind the blocking of calls via apps like Viber and Skype: “The press has echoed these last days of the interruption of VoIP free services offered by some applications available on the internet.

The ANRT wishes to make the following clarifications:

  • The establishment and operation of public telecommunications networks and the provision of public telephony services are subject to licensing, under Article 2 of Law No. 24-96 on postal and telecommunications ;
  • The delivery of all telephone traffic to the end customer can only be ensured by public telecommunications network operators, under the conditions set by the specifications of the licenses for which they are beneficiaries;
  • The commercial exploitation and use of IP for the provision of telecommunications services were framed by the decision of the ANRT No. 04-04 of 6 April 2004 on the status of IP telephony.

The regulations governing the provision of telephony services (VoIP or otherwise) are clear and those services can be provided only by licensed operators of telecommunications. “…”Also, their suspension is part of the compliance of operators with their obligations under the licenses they hold “.

However, since the blocking of these services, many byways have been found by users to continue to call from their Smartphones. 

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