In brief

29 March 2018

Telecoms

Moroccan telecoms company Inwi has filed a lawsuit against market leader Maroc Telecom (IAM) for non-compliance with regulatory provisions related to the sharing of telecoms infrastructure, demanding more than MAD5.7 billion (USD620 million) in damages. Local news source Le360 writes that Inwi took the decision to proceed with a legal challenge after numerous complaints to the local regulator regarding altnets’ access to Maroc Telecom’s local loop went unanswered.

Namibia’s planned MVNOs could launch as early as June or July this year, local publication New Era has reported. Earlier this month, MTN Business Namibia and Demshi Investment Holdings disclosed plans to enter the market via wholesale agreements with Telecom Namibia. MTN was seemingly granted its MVNO concession in 2017 after agreeing to offload a 30% stake to local investors. The stake was acquired by Windhoek-based Profile Technologies, which is owned by local businessman Vaino Nghipondoka.

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has completed the draft of its MVNO regulatory framework after experiencing growing interest from would-be virtual operators. The watchdog has now submitted the framework to government for review after which it will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for drafting into statutory regulations for the industry. POTRAZ director general Gift Machengete has been quoted by local press sources as saying that there has been ‘huge interest from investors who are keen to partner with local mobile network operators (MNOs) with idle capacity ’.