Morocco - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Morocco’s mobile market is one of the more mature in the region, with a penetration rate of over 131%. All three mobile network operators offer fixed-line or fixed-wireless services and have developed mobile data services based on the extensive reach of LTE infrastructure. This in turn is supported by the popular use of smartphones. Indeed the mobile operators have become the main providers of internet services, accounting for the great majority of all internet connections. The issuing of LTE licences in 2015 included conditions to ensure that services covered at least 65% of the population by 2020, while the promotion of broadband accessibility nationally is also supported by the National Broadband Plan through to 2022 and by the Maroc Digital 2020 strategy. The side availability of mobile broadband infrastructure will further consolidate the dominance of mobile players in the broadband sector in coming years.

The incumbent telco Maroc Telecom has undergone a strategic review following its acquisition of Etisalat’s mobile businesses in several markets in the region. These additional international markets are providing a welcome boost to the company’s overall revenue.

This report analyses Morocco’s mobile telephony sector, including statistics, assessments of recent regulatory measures, details on licensing regimes and spectrum auctions, and profiles of the major players.

Key developments:

  • Regulator awards LTE spectrum to the three MNOs at auction;
  • MNP process amended to make number portings automated by end-2019;
  • Inwi launches 4.5G services offering data at up to 1Gb/s;
  • Inwi and Maroc Telecom trial 5G technologies;
  • Central Bank expecting full m-payment services by end-2018;
  • New SIM card registration regulations take effect;
  • Report updates include the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Maroc Telecom, Orange Morocco (Médi Telecom), Inwi (Wana).

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
      • SMS
      • MMS
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • SIM card registration
    • Licensing
      • GSM
      • UMTS (3G)
      • LTE
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • Analogue networks
    • Digital networks
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • 2G
  • Major mobile operators

    • Itissalatt Al-Maghrib (IAM, Maroc Telecom)
    • Orange Morocco (Méditel)
    • Inwi (Wana)
  • Mobile content and applications

    • Mobile payments, m-banking
    • Satellite mobile
  • Handset market

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Multiple SIM card use among mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 4 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers to total – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Average price per minute for mobile services – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 7 –Average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Mobile network voice traffic – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 9 – SMS traffic – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Average SMS cost – 2010 – 2015
  • Table 11 – Mobile internet connections – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Market share of mobile internet subscribers by ISP – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Mobile internet connections and penetration – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Maroc Telecom ARPU, churn rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Orange Morocco mobile subscribers and market share – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 17 – Orange Morocco mobile subscribers (company data) – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 18 –Orange Morocco revenue – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Inwi mobile subscribers and market share – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 20 – Smartphone penetration – 2012 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile internet connections and penetration – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Maroc Telecom mobile subscribers and market share – 2002 – 2019
  • Chart 4 – Maroc Telecom mobile subscribers by platform – 2012 – 2019

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