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Morocco - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Morocco - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Morocco retains one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa. The part-privatised incumbent telco Maroc Telecom remains the dominant player in the fixed-line sector though has effective competition in the mobile sector. A key regional player, Orange Group, entered the market through the acquisition of a major stake in the telco Médi Telecom (Méditel), which has since been rebranded as Orange Morocco.

The country also has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the region as well as some of the lowest prices for broadband internet access, despite there being relatively little competition in the fixed-line broadband sector. Competition in the provision of DSL services intensified during 2016 following the launch of services by Inwi and Orange Morocco, though the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers remains far lower than that for mobile broadband accesses. To accommodate the increasing voice and internet traffic, operators have upgraded their fibre optic national backbone networks and international connectivity. In combination with upgraded fibre backhaul, LTE services launched in mid-2015 have facilitated the take-up of mobile broadband in regional areas, and so contributed to the governments aims as drawn up in its National Broadband Plan to 2022.Key developments:

Government progresses with several key telecom projects;

Maroc Digital 2020 strategy takes shape;

Maroc Telecom designated as having SMP in several market areas;

Satellite telecom licenses awarded;

New cable connecting Mali and Morocco comes online;

Amendment to Telecommunications Act aimed at giving greater powers to the regulator;

National Broadband Plan to 2022 extending reach of services;

Report updates include the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.Companies mentioned in this report:

Maroc Telecom, Orange Morocco (Médi Telecom, Méditel), Inwi (Wana), Vivendi, Zain

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Government support
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Telecommunications Law 1997
4.1.1 Telecom law amendments 2002
4.1.2 Telecom law amendments 2014
4.2 Law 55-01 of 2004
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.4 Universal service
4.4.1 Universal Service Fund (USF)
4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.6 Privatisation
4.7 Interconnection
4.8 Number Portability (NP)
4.9 Unbundled Local Loop (ULL)
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Maroc Telecom
5.2 Orange Morocco (Médi Telecom, Méditel)
5.3 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecoms network
6.2 The MARWAN network
6.3 VoIP
6.4 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
6.5 Public call offices (teleboutiques)
7. International infrastructure
7.1 Submarine fibre
7.2 Terrestrial fibre and microwave
7.3 Satellite
8. Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Morocco 2018 (e)
Table 2 ICT use of services 2010 - 2016
Table 3 Fixed-line market share by provider 2013 - 2017
Table 4 Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) 2011 - 2018
Table 5 Maroc Telecom financial results 2008 - 2018
Table 6 Orange Morocco revenue () 2015 - 2018
Table 7 Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service 2005 - 2018
Table 8 Fixed lines and wireless teledensity 2005 - 2018
Table 9 Fixed-line voice traffic 2013 - 2017
Table 10 Average fixed-line voice traffic 2012 - 2017
Table 11 Average revenue per fixed voice subscriber 2012 - 2017
Table 12 Payphones in service 2005 - 2017
Table 13 International internet bandwidth 1999 - 2017
Chart 1 Fixed-line market share by provider 2013 2017
Chart 2 Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) 2011 2018
Chart 3 Maroc Telecom revenue 2008 2018
Chart 4 Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service 2005 2018
Chart 5 Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco 2005 - 2018

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