Morocco - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Morocco - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Morocco's mobile market has one of the highest penetration rates in the region, at about 133% by the end of 2015. All three mobile network operators also offer fixed-line or fixed-wireless services, and the boundaries between fixed and mobile services are disappearing as technologies and services provided by these players converge.

The mobile operators have become the main providers of internet services through their 3G and LTE networks. The auction of spectrum for LTE use in March 2015 was quickly followed by the commercial launch of LTE services by all three MNOs. Licence conditions will ensure that LTE covers at least 65% of the population by 2020. This infrastructure, and anticipated subscriber take-up, will further consolidate the dominance in mobile players in the broadband sector.

The principal telco, the incumbent Maroc Telecom, has undergone a strategic review following its acquisition of Etisalat's mobile businesses in several markets in the region. These additional international markets are providing a welcome boost to the company's overall revenue.

This report contains an overview and analysis of Morocco's mobile telephony sector, including updated statistics, assessments of recent regulatory measures, details on licensing regimes and spectrum auctions, and profiles of the major players.

Key developments:

Regulator awards LTE spectrum to the three MNOs at auction; MNP process amended to hasten number portings; Maroc Telecom launches LTE-A services; Orange secures an additional 9% stake in Méditel, begins Méditel rebranding as Orange Morocco; Etisalat sells its West African mobile operations to Maroc Telecom for 650 million; new SIM card registration regulations take effect; report includes the regulator's market data to June 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Maroc Telecom, Médi Telecom (Méditel), Inwi (Wana).

1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 SMS
3.3.2 MMS
3.4 Mobile broadband
3.4.1 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
3.4.2 Méditel
3.4.3 Maroc Telecom
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 SIM card registration
4.2 Licensing
4.2.1 GSM
4.2.2 UMTS (3G)
4.2.3 LTE
4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 GSM
5.2.2 UMTS (3G)
5.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.3 Other infrastructure developments
5.3.1 GPRS
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Itissalatt Al-Maghrib (IAM, Maroc Telecom)
6.2 Médi Telecom (Méditel)
6.3 Inwi (Wana)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Mobile payments, m-banking
7.2 TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio)
7.3 Mobile TV
7.4 Satellite mobile
8. Handset market
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 3 Multiple SIM card use among mobile subscribers 20012 - 2014
Table 4 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 5 Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers to total 2012 - 2016
Table 6 Average price per minute for mobile services 2012 - 2016
Table 7 Average mobile traffic per subscriber 2012 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile network voice traffic 2005 - 2016
Table 9 SMS traffic 2005 - 2016
Table 10 Average SMS cost 2012 - 2013
Table 11 Mobile internet connections 2011 - 2016
Table 12 Market share of mobile internet subscribers by ISP 2015 - 2016
Table 13 Maroc Telecom mobile subscribers and market share 2002 - 2016
Table 14 Maroc Telecom mobile subscribers, 2G and 3G 2012 - 2016
Table 15 Maroc Telecom ARPU, churn rate 2003 - 2016
Table 16 Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue 2005 - 2016
Table 17 Méditel mobile subscribers and market share 2002 - 2016
Table 18 Méditel mobile revenue 2015 - 2016
Table 19 Wana mobile subscribers and market share 2011 - 2016
Table 20 Smartphone penetration 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2017

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