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Morocco - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Morocco - Vivendi’s sale of its 53% stake in Maroc Telecom raises €4.2 billion

Morocco benefits from having one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa. The sector is efficiently managed by an independent regulator, and developments within the market segments are often used as a model in other countries.

With an effectively competitive mobile sector, Morocco also has one of the highest penetration rates in the region. The three mobile network operators have become the main internet service providers through their networks, which are expected to be upgraded with LTE technology by the end of 2014 following the auction of suitable spectrum.

Vivendi’s sale of its 53% stake in MT in late 2013 to Etisalat is expected to introduce a new dynamic to a company which has been obliged to reduce the number of employees in recent years in a bid to cut operating costs.

The fixed-line market remains underdeveloped despite the launch of a second and third network operator to compete with Maroc Telecom. Fixed-line penetration has fallen since 2010 while the number of lines is expected to fall to about 2.9 million by the end of 2014. This reflects consumers’ preference for mobile services.

A similar trend is seen in the broadband market, where the dominance of Maroc telecom’s ADSL service has waned dramatically in recent years. Having once accounted for over 90% of the market, by the end of 2013 ADSL represented only 15% of internet subscribers, with 3G representing almost 85%. Nevertheless, fixed-line infrastructure is being upgraded as part of the government’s ten-year National Broadband Plan which aims to provide fixed or mobile broadband access to the entire population by 2022.

Market highlights:

Majority stake in Maroc Telecom sold to Etisalat;
Commercial LTE services expected in late 2014 or early 2015;
New terabit international fibre optic cable lands;
Fixed-mobile convergence strengthens;
Mobile broadband accounting for 85% of all internet connections;
National Broadband Plan 2012-2022;
Mobile subscriptions continue to grow at 8%.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Morocco - 2013
    • Table Fixed network statistics - 2013
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2013
    • Table Internet and social media statistics - 2013
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2013
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF MOROCCO'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Government support
      • E-government
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW 1997
      • Telecom law amendments 2002
    • LAW 55-01 OF 2004
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • ANRT
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE
      • Universal Service Fund (USF)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN MOROCCO
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • UNBUNDLED LOCAL LOOP (ULL)
  • FIXED NETWORK MARKET
    • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS INMOROCCO
      • Maroc Telecom (MT)
        • Table Maroc Telecom financial results - 2008 - 2013
      • Medi Telecom (Meditel)
      • Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2004
      • Table Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Fixed and fixed-wireless teledensity - 2000 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2012
      • Submarine fibre
      • Terrestrial fibre and microwave
      • Satellite
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
    • INTERNET USER STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate in Morocco - 2000 - 2014
      • Facebook and LinkedIn
    • INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
      • National fibre backbone
      • The MARWAN network
    • MOROCCO'S ISP MARKET
      • Table market share of internet subscribers by ISP - 2012 - 2013
      • Maroc Telecom (Menara)
        • Table Maroc Telecom internet subscribers by access technology - 2003 - 2013
      • MTDS
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • ADSL
      • Table Internet subscribers in Morocco, ADSL and total - 2003 - 2013
      • Table Distribution of ADSL access in Morocco by speed- 2012 - 2013
    • 3G MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table 3G mobile internet connections - 2011 - 2013
      • Table 3G mobile broadband subscriber market share by operator - 2012 - 2013
      • Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
      • Meditel
      • Maroc Telecom
    • BROADBAND VIA SATELLITE
    • BROADBAND OVER POWERLINES (BPL)
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN 2012-2022
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
    • CONVERGENCE
      • VoIP telephony
      • E-commerce
      • E-learning
      • IPTV, triple-play
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF MOROCCO'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2004
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Mobile network voice traffic - 2005 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • SIM card registration
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Maroc Telecom (IAM)
        • Table Maroc Telecom domestic mobile subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Maroc Telecom domestic blended monthly mobile ARPU and churn rate - 2003 - 2013
        • Table Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue - 2005 - 2013
      • Medi Telecom (Meditel)
        • Table Meditel mobile subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2013
      • Inwi (formerly Wana)
        • Table Wana mobile subscribers and market share - 2011 - 2013
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • SMS
        • Table SMS traffic - 2005 - 2013
        • Table SMS termination rate - 2012 - 2013
      • MMS
      • GPRS
      • Blackberry
      • Mobile TV
    • THIRD-GENERATION (3G)
      • Licensing
      • Services
    • 4G (LTE)
    • MOBILE PAYMENTS, M-BANKING
    • TETRA (TERRESTRIAL TRUNKED RADIO)
    • SATELLITE MOBILE

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