Moroccan Telecom Providers Lift Restrictions on Skype WhatsApp, Viber

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Rabat- Mobile calls through the free application WhatsApp have resumed following a period of restriction after Morocco’s three telecom providers blocked VoIP services through free applications.

All of the services provided through this application, including VoIP calls made through 3G and 4G, are fully functional.

Moroccans launched a campaign on Facebook to boycott all three Moroccan telecom providers on January 16 and 17 following the block of VoIP imposed on applications such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber.

Maroc Telecom, Meditel and Inwi claimed that their telecom interests have been adversely affected by customers relying on free VoIP services rather than using the call feature provided by their telecom providers, while at the same time “foreign companies have been profiting” from these Internet-based services at the expense of Morocco’s telecom companies.

According to Article 1 of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT/DG/N° 04-04) which addresses the protocol of VoIP services, the commercial provision of VoIP services to the public can only be done by telecom operators with a license.

In a video posted on YouTube on January 13, Moroccans expressed the importance of these VoIP services in keeping families connected with their relatives and friends abroad.

“Any restriction on these services means a restriction of communication between the families,” said one of the interviewees.

“The Internet is a free service that no one has the right to censor or confiscate,” said another.
Source: Morocco World News 4 February 2016