Morocco - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Morocco's fixed-line broadband market is dominated by Maroc Telecom's DSL service. Despite regulatory efforts to enforce LLU and wholesale pricing the company has yet to provide a pricing structure for access to its networks. Nevertheless, a small number of operators, including Inwi and Meditel, have begun to offer competing DSL services, albeit limited in reach. Despite these market limitations and Maroc Telecom's near monopoly, Morocco has developed some of the lowest broadband prices and highest penetration rates in Africa. This has been helped by the excellent connectivity to international fibre cables.
The introduction and extension of mobile broadband services based on 3G and LTE technologies has gone far to improving access nationally. Mobile internet by June 2016 accounted for about 92% of all internet connections, leaving Maroc Telecom's DSL service with most of the remaining market. The dominance of mobile internet access is likely to continue given the improvements in LTE reach and capabilities, and the preference among consumers to adopt mobile solutions for both voice and data.
To accommodate the increasing amount of internet traffic, fibre optic national backbone networks and international connectivity are being expanded. A National Broadband Plan was launched in 2012, aiming to provide fixed or mobile broadband access to the entire population by 2022.
Maroc Telecom launches 100Mb/s FttP service in several major cities; Inwi and Meditel launch DSL services; Minister of Industry issues decree defending regulator's ban on VoIP services; Maroc Telecom launches subscription VoD service; regulator endeavours to enforce LLU tariffs and provisions on Marco Telecom to open up the DSL market to competitors; mobile broadband captures 92% of the internet market; National Broadband Plan 2012-2022 progressing; restrictions imposed on VoIP services; report updates includes the regulator's market data to Q2 2016, telcos' operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Maroc Telecom (Menara, IAM), Medi Telecom (Meditel), Inwi (Wana, Maroc Connect), Morocco Trade and Development Services (MTDS).