Maroc Telecom takes note of the decision of the Management Committee of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) relating to anticompetitive practices on the fixed line market and fixed broadband internet access, said a press release from the Group on Sunday.
Maroc Telecom reserves the right to exercise the remedies provided by law, according to the press release.
As a reminder, the ANRT ruled on the referral filed against Maroc Telecom for “anti-competitive practices concerning the implementation of unbundling”, can we read in a press release from the ANRT which did not been tender with the operator.
This decision, taken by the ANRT Management Committee, follows the processing of the referral file in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 104-12 relating to free pricing and competition. “The investigation has been underway since May 2017; the two parties (IAM and WANA) were able to express their observations, in particular on the report drawn up by the investigation services,” added the press release.
After an in-depth examination of the various elements of the file, the ANRT concluded that, since 2013, there had been cumulative conduct attributed to IAM, which had the effect of preventing and delaying competitors’ access to unbundling and to the market fixed.
At the end of the deliberations, these behaviors were deemed to constitute abuse of a dominant position, prohibited by the provisions of article 7 of the aforementioned law No. 104-12, liable to a financial penalty, the amount of which is fixed at three billion three hundred million dirhams, entirely paid to the Public Treasury, affirms the ANRT in its conclusions made public.
The ANRT also takes several measures (injunctions with daily penalty in the event of non-compliance) to be implemented by IAM. The objective is to “remedy the behavior observed and allow the development of competition in the fixed broadband segment (voice and Internet) so as to benefit more, like mobile, consumers and businesses”.