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

Synopsis

Morocco retains one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa. The part-privatised incumbent telco Maroc Telecom remains the dominant player in the fixed-line sector though has effective competition in the mobile sector. A key regional player, Orange Group, entered the market through the acquisition of a major stake in the telco Médi Telecom (Méditel), which has since been 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 Orange Morocco, though the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers remains far lower than that for mobile broadband accesses. 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 to 2022.

Key developments:

  • Government progresses with several key telecom projects;
  • Maroc Digital 2020 strategy takes shape;
  • Maroc Telecom designated as having SMP in several market areas;
  • Satellite telecom licenses awarded;
  • New cable connecting Mali and Morocco comes online;
  • Amendment to Telecommunications Act aimed at giving greater powers to the regulator;
  • National Broadband Plan to 2022 extending reach of services;
  • Report updates include the regulator's market data to December 2018, telcos' operating data to Q4 2018, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
    • Government support
  • Regional Africa Market Comparison

    • TMI vs GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband
    • Fixed and mobile broadband
  • Regulatory environment

    • Telecommunications Law 1997
      • Telecom law amendments 2002
      • Telecom law amendments 2014
    • Law 55-01 of 2004
    • Regulatory authority
    • Universal service
      • Universal Service Fund (USF)
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnection
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Unbundled Local Loop (ULL)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Maroc Telecom
    • Orange Morocco (Médi Telecom, Méditel)
    • Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecoms network
    • The MARWAN network
    • VoIP
    • Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
    • Public call offices (teleboutiques)
  • International infrastructure

    • Submarine fibre
    • Terrestrial fibre and microwave
    • Satellite
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Morocco – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – ICT use of services – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 3 – Fixed-line market share by provider – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Maroc Telecom financial results – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 6 –Orange Morocco revenue (€) – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Fixed lines and wireless teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Average fixed-line voice traffic – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Average revenue per fixed voice subscriber – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Payphones in service – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 13 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 2 – North Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Africa – Top-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Leaders) – 2018
  • Chart 4 – North Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country – 2018
  • Chart 5 – North Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration – 2018
  • Chart 6 – North Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Fixed-line market share by provider – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Maroc Telecom revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco – 2005 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – North Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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