Maroc Telecom hit with US$238m antitrust penalty

Maroc Telecom hit with US$238m antitrust penalty

Morocco’s National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT / Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom) has issued Maroc Telecom Group a cumulative fine of MAD2.45 billion (US$238 million).

The regulator first imposed a penalty on Maroc Telecom Group in January 2020 following the results of an investigation launched in 2017. The ANRT Management Committee found that since 2013, Maroc Telecom had abused its market dominance to delay and prevent its rivals from accessing Morocco’s LLU and fixed broadband sectors.

Under Article 7 of Law No.104-12, operators in the Moroccan market that are found to have abused their position in contravention of competition laws are liable to a MAD3.3 billion fine paid entirely to the country’s Treasury. However, ANRT has stated that it will instead fine Maroc Telecom MAD4.1 million for each day that it was in violation of the competition rules.

TeleGeography reports that Maroc Telecom now has 30 days to lodge a court appeal against the cumulative US$238 million penalty.

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