This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Morocco’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:
Market and industry overviews;
Regulatory environment and structural reform;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Mobile voice and data markets, including 3G;
Average Revenue per User (ARPU) and churn trends;
Broadband, including 3G mobile
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).
Researcher:- Peter LangeCurrent
A booming 3G mobile broadband marketMorocco is one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa and often seen as a role model for future developments in other parts of the continent. It features a majority-privatised, highly profitable incumbent telco (Maroc Telecom), three fixed and mobile network operators, as well as the highest penetration and some of the lowest prices on the continent for broadband Internet access.
Morocco’s mobile market, at already more than 80% market penetration and one of the highest in Africa, received a late boost in early 2010 from the launch of GSM services by the country’s third mobile network, Wana, which had already been operating a CDMA2000 network since 2007.
The fixed-line market has experienced a renaissance, following the launch of the second and third network operators (Meditel and Wana) and fuelled by the growing demand for broadband services. Most of the new connections are wireless and increasingly converging with mobile services.
The Internet market was dominated by Maroc Telecom’s ADSL broadband service which held over 90% of the market until recently. However, within three years of their introduction, third-generation (3G) mobile broadband services had taken almost two-thirds of the broadband market by early 2010. This development is expected to continue, since the mobile networks reach a far greater percentage of the population than Maroc Telecom’s copper fixed-line network.
With all three major players being fixed as well as mobile network operators, the boundaries between fixed and mobile are beginning to disappear as technologies and services converge. Innovative new services have been introduced such as the first commercial IPTV service on the continent. To accommodate the increasing amount of voice and Internet traffic, fibre optic national backbone networks and international connectivity are being expanded.
Forecasts for fixed-line, mobile, Internet and broadband markets to 2012 and 2015;
Fixed wireless growth slows;
Third GSM service launched;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Majority stake in Meditel sold, IPO planned;
2009 financial results;
Decreasing ARPU and churn;
3G mobile dominates broadband sector;
Broadband pricing - ADSL, 3G mobile, IPTV.Distribution of ADSL access by speed - March 2010
Download speed | Market share |
128Kb/s | <1% |
256Kb/s | 13% |
512Kb/s | 18% |
1Mb/s | 33% |
2Mb/s | 30% |
4Mb/s | 3% |
8Mb/s | <1% |
20Mb/s | <1% |
(Source: BuddeComm based on ANRT and company data)
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Morocco, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences and competition;
Internet and broadband development and growth;
National fibre backbone networks;
3G mobile broadband rollouts and market shares;
Broadband pricing, fixed and mobile;
Average revenue per user (ARPU) and churn.Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.