Morocco - Mobile Market - Insights and Statistics

Morocco - Mobile Market - Insights and Statistics

Morocco's mobile market approached 135% penetration in early 2015, among the highest penetration rates in the region. All three mobile network operators also provide 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 also become the main providers of internet services through their 3G networks. The auction of spectrum for LTE use in March 2015 is expected to be followed by the commercial launch of LTE services by the end of the year. 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 these mobile players in the broadband sector.

The principal operator, 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 expected to account for more than half of the company's overall revenue within the next few years.

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; Maroc Telecom upgrades mobile networks in a number of cities; Etisalat sells its West African mobile operations to Maroc Telecom for 650 million; commercial LTE services expected in late 2014; majority stake in Maroc Telecom sold to Etisalat; new SIM card registration regulations take effect; report includes the regulator's market data to December 2014, telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report:

Maroc Telecom, Medi Telecom (Meditel), Inwi (Wana).

1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Morocco's mobile market
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.1.1 Prepaid
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile broadband/data
3.3.1 SMS
3.3.2 MMS
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 SIM card registration
4.2 Licensing
4.2.1 GSM
4.2.2 UMTS (3G)
4.2.3 LTE
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 GSM
5.2.2 UMTS (3G)
5.2.3 LTE
5.3 Other infrastructure developments
5.3.1 GPRS
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Itissalatt Al-Maghrib (IAM, Maroc Telecom)
6.2 Medi Telecom (Meditel)
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. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 3 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 4 Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers to total 2012 - 2014
Table 5 Average price per minute for mobile services 2012 - 2014
Table 6 Average mobile traffic per subscriber 2012 - 2014
Table 7 Mobile network voice traffic 2005 - 2015
Table 8 SMS traffic 2005 - 2015
Table 9 SMS termination rate 2012 - 2013
Table 10 Maroc Telecom domestic mobile subscribers and market share 2002 - 2014
Table 11 Maroc Telecom domestic blended monthly mobile ARPU and churn rate 2003 - 2014
Table 12 Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 13 Meditel mobile subscribers and market share 2002 - 2014
Table 14 Wana mobile subscribers and market share 2011 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015

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