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Morocco - Internet, Broadband and Digital Media - Overview and Statistics

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Morocco’s Internet market was dominated by Maroc Telecom’s ADSL broadband service which once held over 90% of the market. Despite this de-facto monopoly situation, the country developed some of the lowest broadband prices and highest penetration rates in Africa and has seen the introduction of innovative new services such as the first commercial IPTV service on the continent.

Five years after their introduction, third-generation (3G) mobile broadband services had taken more than 80% of the broadband market by 2012. This trend is continuing in 2013, since the mobile networks reach a far greater percentage of the population than MT’s copper fixed-line network.

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.

Key developments:

One of Africas most advanced broadband markets;
3G mobile broadband captures more than 80% of the market;
National broadband plan 2012-2022;
Some VoIP restrictions.

Companies covered in this report:

Maroc Telecom (Menara), Medi Telecom (Meditel), Inwi (Wana, Maroc Connect), Morocco Trade and Development Services (MTDS).

1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Internet user statistics
3. Internet connectivity
3.1 International Internet bandwidth
3.2 National fibre backbone
3.3 The MARWAN network
4. Morocco’s ISP market
4.1 Maroc Telecom (Menara)
4.2 MTDS
5. Broadband market
5.1 ADSL
5.2 3G mobile broadband
5.2.1 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
5.2.2 Meditel
5.2.3 Maroc Telecom
5.3 Broadband via satellite
5.4 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
5.5 National Broadband Plan 2012-2022
6. Convergence
6.1 VoIP telephony
6.2 E-commerce
6.3 E-learning
6.4 IPTV, triple-play
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Internet users and penetration rate in Morocco – 2000 - 2013
Table 2 – Moroccos international Internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2011
Table 3 – Internet subscribers by ISP and market share in Morocco – September 2012
Table 4 – Maroc Telecom Internet subscribers by access technology – 2003 - 2012
Table 5 – Internet subscribers in Morocco, ADSL vs total – 2003 - 2012
Table 6 – Distribution of ADSL access in Morocco by speed– September 2012
Table 7 – 3G mobile broadband subscribers in Morocco by operator – September 2012
Table 8 – Meditel uncapped 3G+ broadband pricing – 2009; 2010; 2012
Table 9 – Maroc Telecom uncapped 3G broadband pricing – 2009; 2010; 2012
Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate in Morocco – 2002 - 2013

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