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Morocco: Morocco Communication Profile


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Morocco is one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa and often seen as a role model for next developments in other parts of the continent. It features a majority-privatised, highly profitable incumbent telco (Maroc Telecom, MT), three fixed and mobile network operators, inclunding the highest penetration and some of the lowest prices on the continent for broadband Internet access.

The fixed-line market has experienced a renaissance in Morocco following the launch of the country's second and third network operators and fuelled by the growing request for broadband services. Most of the new connections are wireless and increasingly converging with mobile services.

At well over 100%, Morocco has one of the highest mobile market penetration rates in Africa. With all three major carriers being fixed inclunding 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 initial commercial IPTV service on the continent. To accommodate the increasing all of voice and Internet traffic, fibre optic national backbone networks and international connectivity are being expanded. A new terabit international cable from Europe landed in the country in 2012.



  • Majority stake in Maroc Telecom up for sale;



  • 4G/LTE licences to be issued in 2013;


  • New terabit international fibre optic cable lands;


  • Fixed-mobile convergence;


  • One of Africa's most advanced broadband markets;


  • 3G mobile broadband captures additional than 80% of the market;


  • Distribution of ADSL access in Morocco by speed – September 2012 <table style="\"text-align:" justify;\"="" border="\"1\"" cellpadding="\"0\"" cellspacing="\"0\""> <thead> <tr> <td width="\"170\""> <p> <strong>Download speed</strong></p> </td> <td width="\"170\""> <p> <strong>Market share</strong></p> </td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> <4Mb/s</p> </td> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 1%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 4Mb/s</p> </td> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 63%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 8Mb/s</p> </td> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 20%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 12Mb/s</p> </td> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 15%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 20Mb/s</p> </td> <td valign="\"top\"" width="\"170\""> <p> 1%</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <a title="Morocco" href="" _cke_saved_href="">Morocco</a>’s Internet market was dominated by Maroc Telecom’s ADSL broadband service which once held over 90% of the market. Despite this de-facto monopoly situation, the country developed some of the lowest broadband prices and highest penetration rates in <a title="Africa" href="" _cke_saved_href="">Africa</a> and has seen the introduction of innovative new services such as the initial commercial IPTV service on the continent.<br><p></p><p>Five years next their introduction, third-generation (3G) mobile broadband services had taken additional than 80% of the broadband market by 2012. This trend is continuing in 2013, since the mobile networks reach a far better % of the people than MT’s copper fixed-line network.<br></p><p>To accommodate the increasing all of Internet traffic, fibre optic national backbone networks and international connectivity are being expanded. A National Broadband Plan was launched in 2012, aiming to provide fixed or mobile broadband access to all people by 2022.<br></p><h3>Key developments:<br></h3><p>One of <a title="Africa" href="" _cke_saved_href="">Africa</a>\'s most advanced broadband markets;<br></p><p>3G mobile broadband captures additional than 80% of the market;<br></p><p>National broadband plan 2012-2022;<br></p><p>Some VoIP restrictions. </p></li><p></p>
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