Latest updates on telecoms regulation from the Middle East and North Africa 28 October 22 Muatasem Khairaddeen

Our MENA Telecoms Update sheds light on the most significant regulatory events occurring in the region between 15 July and 15 October 2022.

The telecoms regulator in Jordan, TRC, agreed to grant Zain a spectrum licence to enable the launch of 5G. Qatar licensed Starlink satellite services for 25 years. Saudi Arabia allowed regulated spectrum trading for IMT, satellite mobile and maritime services.

Algeria postponed the implementation of MNP to 2023.

Oman regulated number-independent voice and video calls services that are used for e-learning, medical, teleworking and commercial purposes, while the Omani telecoms regulator updated the quality of service requirements with specific values to assess mobile network coverage based on signal strength limits, as well as setting out requirements on broadband actual vs advertised speed. The regulator has also adopted a sector-specific consumer protection regulation which includes compensation mechanisms for end-users, measures to avoid bill-shock and spam SMS, and also service contract and termination requirements.

The Moroccan regulator fined Maroc Telecom US$235m for failure to comply with injunctions related to local loop unbundling.

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