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Morocco bans free mobile internet calls

Morocco bans free mobile internet calls

Morocco has stopped calls made through mobile internet connections, the national regulator announced, a move that could boost voice revenues for local telecom operators.

The ban on Skype, Viber and WhatsApp calls will apply to the three mobile operators in Morocco who offer internet access for computers via USB and other mobile modems, as well as via mobile phones.

Morocco is following other countries in the region such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Protests started few days ago on social media against the move with local media speculating whether security controls were behind the ban.

“In addition of the losses for the telecoms national market, the free internet voice calls do not respond to the required legal gateway,” ANRT said on Thursday.

ANRT had tolerated internet voice calls for years but the drop in call volumes, mainly international calls, might explain the decision. Read more

 

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