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

  • December 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 21 pages

Morocco retains one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa, featuring a majority-privatised, profitable incumbent telco in Maroc Telecom and three fixed and mobile network operators. A key regional player, Orange, has become a majority stakeholder in the telco Médi Telecom, which is in the process of being 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 Médi Telecom. Médi Telecom's new owner, Orange Group, is committed to invest in a range of bundled service which will see it expand its fixed-line broadband offerings during the next few years. Most of the new broadband connections are wireless and increasingly converging with mobile services. 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.

Key developments:

Government progresses with several telecom projects to carry it through to 2018; Médi Telecom completes rebranding as Orange Morocco; Maroc Telecom designated as having SMP in several market areas; satellite telecom licenses awarded; new cable connecting Mali and Morocco is lit; Maroc Telecom finalises acquisition of Etisalat's subsidiaries in six African countries; amendment to Telecommunications Act aimed at giving greater powers to the regulator; e-government developments; new terabit international fibre optic cable comes online; National Broadband Plan to 2018 making progress; report updates includes the regulator's market data to June 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table Of Contents

Morocco - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Recent developments
4.2 Historical overview
4.3 Government support
4.4 E-government
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecommunications Law 1997
5.1.1 Telecom law amendments 2002
5.1.2 Telecom law amendments 2014
5.2 Law 55-01 of 2004
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.4 Universal service
5.4.1 Universal Service Fund (USF)
5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.6 Privatisation
5.7 Interconnection
5.8 Number Portability (NP)
5.9 Unbundled Local Loop (ULL)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Maroc Telecom (MT)
6.1.1 International expansion
6.1.2 Public call offices (teleboutiques)
6.2 Orange Morocco (Medi Telecom, Meditel)
6.2.1 Network infrastructure, services
6.2.2 Financial results
6.3 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecoms network
7.2 The MARWAN network
7.3 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
8. International infrastructure
8.1 Submarine fibre
8.2 Terrestrial fibre and microwave
8.3 Satellite
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Morocco 2016 (e)
Table 2 Fixed network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet and social media statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Fixed-line market share by provider 2013 - 2016
Table 8 Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) 2011 - 2016
Table 9 Maroc Telecom financial results 2008 - 2016
Table 10 Payphones in service 2004 - 2016
Table 11 Meditel revenue () 2015 - 2016
Table 12 Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service 2000 - 2016
Table 13 Fixed and fixed-wireless teledensity 2000 - 2017
Table 14 Fixed-line voice traffic 2013 - 2016
Table 15 Average fixed-line voice traffic 2013 - 2016
Table 16 Average revenue per fixed voice subscriber 2012 - 2016
Table 17 International internet bandwidth 1999 - 2015
Chart 1 Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) 2011 2016
Chart 2 Maroc Telecom revenue 2008 2016
Chart 3 Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco 2002 - 2017
Exhibit 1 Analysis of Maroc Telecom's fixed-line rollercoaster ride

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