Morocco - Fixed Broadband Market and Digital Economy - Statistics and Analyses
Morocco's fixed-line broadband market is dominated by Maroc Telecom. 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 Orange Morocco, 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 as of June 2017 accounted for about 93% 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.
Inwi to integrate satellite services from the Intelsat EpicNG platform into its network; Maroc Telecom expands FttP service; Maroc Telecom launches subscription VoD service; regulator endeavours to enforce LLU tariffs and access to Maroc Telecom's broadband infrastructure; National Broadband Plan 2012-2022 progressing; report updates include the regulator's market data to Q2 2017, telcos' operating data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Maroc Telecom (Menara, IAM), Orange Morocco (Medi Telecom, Meditel), Inwi (Wana, Maroc Connect), Morocco Trade and Development Services (MTDS).
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