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Morocco - Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed-Line Telecoms Overviews

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Morocco is one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa, featuring a majority-privatised, highly profitable incumbent telco (Maroc Telecom), three fixed and mobile network operators, as well as the highest penetration and some of the lowest prices on the continent for broadband Internet access. The fixed-line market has experienced a renaissance, following the launch of the second and third network operators (Meditel and Wana/Inwi) and fuelled by the growing demand for broadband services. Most of the new connections are wireless and increasingly converging with mobile services. To accommodate the increasing amount of voice and Internet traffic, the operators are upgrading their fibre optic national backbone networks and international connectivity. A 53% stake in Maroc Telecom is expected to be sold in 2013 in a deal estimated at over US$7 billion.

Key developments:

Majority stake in Maroc Telecom up for sale;
Fixed-mobile convergence;
Falling interconnection rates;
New terabit international fibre optic cable.

Companies covered in this report:

Maroc Telecom, Medi Telecom (Meditel), Inwi (Wana), Vivendi, France Telecom, Zain

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Overview of Morocco’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Telecommunications Law 1997
4.1.1 Telecom law amendments 2002
4.2 Law 55-01 of 2004
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.3.1 ANRT
4.4 Universal service
4.4.1 Universal Service Fund (USF)
4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Morocco
4.6 Interconnection
4.7 Number portability
4.8 Unbundled Local Loop (ULL)
5. Fixed network operators in Morocco
5.1 Maroc Telecom
5.1.1 Financial results
5.1.2 Privatisation
5.1.3 International expansion
5.1.4 National backbone network
5.1.5 Public call offices (teleboutiques)
5.2 Medi Telecom (Meditel)
5.2.1 Network infrastructure, services
5.2.2 Financial results
5.3 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
6. Fixed-line statistics
7. International infrastructure
7.1 Submarine fibre
7.2 Terrestrial fibre and microwave
7.3 Satellite
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics Morocco – 2013
Table 2 – Fixed network statistics – 2013
Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2013
Table 4 – Internet statistics – 2013
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2013
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Maroc Telecom financial results – 2008 - 2012
Table 8 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco – 2000 - 2013
Chart 1 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco – 2002 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Analysis of Maroc Telecom’s fixed-line rollercoaster ride

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