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Morocco Bans WhatsApp, Skype Other Services Providing Mobile Internet Calls

Reports have emerged that Government of Morocco has recently banned all three telecoms service providers against free mobile internet calls in a sudden and unexpected move.


The block,IT NEWS NIGERIA learnt, covers applications such as Skype, Viber, Facebook and WhatsApp calls.

However, social media users across the country have accused telecomm service providers of being greedy and behind the move. There are 10 million internet users in Morocco with Skype, WhatsApp and Viber and these enjoy free internet calls that are banned by government.

Maroc Telecom, Meditel, and Inwi cut Voice over IP (VoIP) services without any notice in what has been described by one Moroccan columnist as a “legal” but “irrational and backward step”.

Morocco’s Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency (ANRT) said that none of the products providing VoIP or other ‘free internet calls’ had the required licenses.

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

“Their suspension (VoIP) came in conformity with the operators’ obligations that were underlined in their licences.”

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