Morocco - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Morocco's mobile market is one of the more mature in the region, with a penetration rate of over 131%. All three mobile network operators offer fixed-line or fixed-wireless services and have developed mobile data services based on the extensive reach of LTE infrastructure. This in turn is supported by the popular use of smartphones. Indeed the mobile operators have become the main providers of internet services, accounting for the great majority of all internet connections. The issuing of LTE licences in 2015 included conditions to ensure that services covered at least 65% of the population by 2020, while the promotion of broadband accessibility nationally is also supported by the National Broadband Plan through to 2022 and by the Maroc Digital 2020 strategy. The side availability of mobile broadband infrastructure will further consolidate the dominance of mobile players in the broadband sector in coming years.
The incumbent telco 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 analyses Morocco's mobile telephony sector, including 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;
Inwi launches 4.5G services offering data at up to 1Gb/s;
Central Bank expecting full m-payment services by end-2018;
New SIM card registration regulations take effect;
Report updates include the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.Companies mentioned in this report:
Maroc Telecom, Orange Morocco (Médi Telecom), Inwi (Wana).