Morocco - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

  • January 2013
  • -
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • -
  • 51 pages

2013 a big year for telecoms in Morocco
Morocco 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, MT), 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.
The planned sale of a 53% stake in MT in 2013 is expected to fetch over US$7 billion, more than twice of what it was bought for around ten years ago. The fixed-line incumbent also operates the leading mobile network in Morocco as well as networks in three other African countries and an MVNO in Europe.
The fixed-line market has experienced a renaissance in Morocco following the launch of the countrys second and third network operators 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 MT's ADSL broadband service which once held over 90% of the market. However, five years after their introduction, third-generation (3G) mobile broadband services had taken more than 80% of the broadband market by 2012. This trend is continuing in 2013, since the mobile networks reach a far greater percentage of the population than MT's copper fixed-line network. A ten-year National Broadband Plan has been launched, aiming to provide fixed or mobile broadband access to the entire population by 2022. Fourth generation (4G) LTE mobile licences will be issued in 2013.
At well over 100%, Morocco has one of the highest mobile market penetration rates in Africa. With all three major carriers 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. A new terabit international cable from Europe landed in the country in 2012.

Market highlights:

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 Africas most advanced broadband markets;
3G mobile broadband captures more than 80% of the market;
National broadband plan 2012-2022.

Distribution of ADSL access in Morocco by speed - September 2012
Download speed | Market share
<4Mb/s | 1%
4Mb/s | 63%
8Mb/s | 20%
12Mb/s | 15%
20Mb/s | 1%
(Source: BuddeComm based on ANRT and company data)

Table Of Contents

1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Morocco's telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Telecommunications Law 1997
3.1.1 Telecom law amendments 2002
3.2 Law 55-01 of 2004
3.3 Regulatory authority
3.3.1 ANRT
3.4 Universal service
3.4.1 Universal Service Fund (USF)
3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Morocco
3.6 Interconnection
3.7 Number portability
3.8 Unbundled Local Loop (ULL)
4. Fixed Network Market
4.1 Fixed-line statistics
4.2 Fixed network operators in Morocco
4.2.1 Maroc Telecom
4.2.2 Medi Telecom (Meditel)
4.2.3 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 Overview
5.2 Submarine fibre
5.3 Terrestrial fibre and microwave
5.4 Satellite
6. Internet Market
6.1 Overview
6.2 Internet user statistics
6.3 Internet connectivity
6.3.1 International Internet bandwidth
6.3.2 National fibre backbone
6.3.3 The MARWAN network
6.4 VoIP telephony
6.5 Morocco's ISP market
6.5.1 Maroc Telecom (Menara)
6.5.2 MTDS
7. Broadband Market
7.1 Overview
7.2 ADSL
7.3 3G mobile broadband
7.3.1 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
7.3.2 Meditel
7.3.3 Maroc Telecom
7.4 Broadband via satellite
7.5 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
7.6 National Broadband Plan 2012-2022
8. Digital Media/Digital Economy
8.1 E-commerce
8.2 E-learning
8.3 IPTV, triple-play
9. Mobile Communications
9.1 Overview of Morocco's mobile market
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 SIM card registration
9.4 Major mobile operators
9.4.1 Maroc Telecom (IAM)
9.4.2 Medi Telecom (Meditel)
9.4.3 Inwi (formerly Wana)
9.5 Mobile data services
9.5.1 SMS
9.5.2 MMS
9.5.3 GPRS
9.5.4 Blackberry
9.5.5 Mobile TV
9.6 Third-generation (3G)
9.6.1 Licensing
9.6.2 Services
9.7 4G (LTE)
9.8 Mobile payments, m-banking
9.9 TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio)
9.10 Satellite mobile
10. Glossary of Abbreviations
Table 1 Country statistics Morocco 2013
Table 2 Fixed network statistics 2013
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2013
Table 4 Internet statistics 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco 2000 - 2013
Table 8 Maroc Telecom financial results 2008 - 2012
Table 9 Internet users and penetration rate in Morocco 2000 - 2013
Table 10 Moroccos international Internet bandwidth 1999 - 2011
Table 11 Internet subscribers by ISP and market share in Morocco September 2012
Table 12 Maroc Telecom Internet subscribers by access technology 2003 - 2012
Table 13 Internet subscribers in Morocco, ADSL vs total 2003 - 2012
Table 14 Distribution of ADSL access in Morocco by speed September 2012
Table 15 3G mobile broadband subscribers in Morocco by operator September 2012
Table 16 Meditel uncapped 3G+ broadband pricing 2009; 2010; 2012
Table 17 Maroc Telecom uncapped 3G broadband pricing 2009; 2010; 2012
Table 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Morocco 2000 - 2013
Table 19 Mobile subscribers in Morocco by operator and annual change September 2012
Table 20 Maroc Telecom domestic mobile subscribers and market share 2002 - 2012
Table 21 Maroc Telecom domestic blended monthly mobile ARPU and churn rate 2003 - 2012
Table 22 Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue 2005 - 2012
Table 23 Meditel mobile subscribers and market share 2002 - 2012
Chart 1 Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco 2002 - 2013
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Morocco 2002 - 2013
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Morocco 2002 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Analysis of Maroc Telecom's fixed-line rollercoaster ride

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