Morocco - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Uganda’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile, internet, broadband and digital economy sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major players, revenue, subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, videostreaming;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscriber forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- October 2017 (15th Edition)

Executive Summary

Morocco sees boost to mobile number portings

Morocco retains one of the most advanced telecom markets in Africa. The part-privatised incumbent telco Maroc Telecom remains the dominant player in the fixed-line sector but has effective competition in the mobile sector. The mobile market has three operators providing effective competition. 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 internet access, despite there being relatively little competition in the fixed-line broadband sector. The number of fixed-line broadband subscribers remains far lower than that for mobile broadband internet 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. Investment in this infrastructure, and the fast subscriber take-up, will further consolidate the dominance in mobile players in the broadband sector.

This report analyses Morocco’s telecom sector, including market statistics, assessments of recent regulatory measures and operator profiles. The report covers the fixed-line voice and broadband sectors as well as fixed-wireless broadband. It also assesses the mobile voice and data markets, detailing the three key operators and their strategies as they migrate to a data-centric environment.

Key developments:

  • Government progresses with several key telecom projects;
  • 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 making progress;
  • MNP process amended to hasten number portings;
  • Maroc Telecom launches LTE-A services;
  • Etisalat sells its West African mobile operations to Maroc Telecom for €650 million;
  • New SIM card registration regulations take effect;
  • Inwi to integrate satellite services from the Intelsat EpicNG platform into its network;
  • Maroc Telecom expands FttP service
  • Report updates include the regulator’s market data to Q2 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Maroc Telecom (Menara, IAM), Orange Morocco (Médi Telecom, Méditel), Inwi (Wana, Maroc Connect), Vivendi, Zain, Morocco Trade and Development Services (MTDS).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Overview
    • 2.2 Government support
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Telecommunications Law 1997
      • 3.1.1 Telecom law amendments 2002
      • 3.1.2 Telecom law amendments 2014
    • 3.2 Law 55-01 of 2004
    • 3.3 Regulatory authority
    • 3.4 Universal service
      • 3.4.1 Universal Service Fund (USF)
    • 3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 3.6 Privatisation
    • 3.7 Interconnection
    • 3.8 Number Portability (NP)
    • 3.9 Unbundled Local Loop (ULL)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Overview
    • 4.2 Maroc Telecom
    • 4.3 Orange Morocco (Médi Telecom, Méditel)
    • 4.4 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecoms network
    • 5.2 The MARWAN network
    • 5.3 VoIP
    • 5.4 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
    • 5.5 Public call offices (teleboutiques)
    • 5.6 International infrastructure
      • 5.6.1 Submarine fibre
      • 5.6.2 Terrestrial fibre and microwave
      • 5.6.3 Satellite
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
    • 6.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.4 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.4.1 Satellite broadband
      • 6.4.2 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
      • 6.4.3 Wireless broadband
  • 7. Digital economy
    • 7.1 E-commerce
    • 7.2 E-learning
    • 7.3 E-government
  • 8. Digital media
    • 8.1 Videostreaming
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 9.2.3 Mobile data
      • 9.2.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 SIM card registration
      • 9.3.2 Licensing
      • 9.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Analogue networks
      • 9.4.2 Digital networks
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Itissalatt Al-Maghrib (IAM, Maroc Telecom)
      • 9.5.2 Orange Morocco (Méditel)
      • 9.5.3 Inwi (Wana)
    • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.6.1 Mobile payments, m-banking
      • 9.6.2 Satellite mobile
    • 9.7 Handset market
    • Table 1 – Country statistics Morocco – 2017 (e)
    • Table 2 – Fixed network statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2017
    • Table 4 – Internet and social media statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
    • Table 7 – ICT use of services – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 8 – Fixed-line market share by provider – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 9 – Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 10 – Maroc Telecom financial results – 2008 - 2017
    • Table 11 –Orange Morocco revenue (€) – 2015 - 2017
    • Table 12 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service – 2000 - 2018
    • Table 13 – Fixed and fixed-wireless teledensity – 2000 - 2017
    • Table 14 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 15 – Average fixed-line voice traffic – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 16 – Average revenue per fixed voice subscriber – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 17 – Payphones in service – 2004 - 2017
    • Table 18 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Internet users and penetration rate in Morocco – 2000 - 2018
    • Table 20 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2004 - 2017
    • Table 21 – Internet subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2018
    • Table 22 – Household penetration of internet by platform – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 23 – Market share of overall internet subscribers by ISP – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 24 – Average revenue per internet subscriber – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 25 – Fixed-line broadband (DSL) subscribers – 2003 - 2018
    • Table 26 – Distribution of ADSL access in Morocco by speed– 2012 - 2017
    • Table 27 – Internet subscriber market share: DSL and mobile – 2009 - 2017
    • Table 28 – Maroc Telecom internet subscribers by access technology – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 29 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
    • Table 30 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 31 – Multiple SIM card use among mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 32 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 33 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers to total – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 34 – Average price per minute for mobile services – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 35 –Average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 36 – Mobile network voice traffic – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 37 – SMS traffic – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 38 – Average SMS cost – 2012 - 2013
    • Table 39 – Mobile internet connections – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 40 – Market share of mobile internet subscribers by ISP – 2015 - 2017
    • Table 41 – Maroc Telecom mobile subscribers and market share – 2002 - 2017
    • Table 42 – Maroc Telecom mobile subscribers by platform – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 43 – Maroc Telecom ARPU, churn rate – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 44 – Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 45 – Orange Morocco mobile subscribers and market share – 2002 - 2017
    • Table 46 –Orange Morocco mobile revenue – 2015 - 2017
    • Table 47 – Inwi mobile subscribers and market share – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 48 – Smartphone penetration – 2012 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Maroc Telecom subscribers (Morocco) – 2011 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Maroc Telecom revenue – 2008 – 2017
    • Chart 3 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service – 2000 – 2018
    • Chart 4 – Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity in Morocco – 2002 - 2018
    • Chart 5 – Internet users and penetration rate in Morocco – 2000 – 2018
    • Chart 6 – Internet subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2018
    • Chart 7 – Internet subscribers, DSL and total – 2003 – 2018
    • Chart 8 – Maroc Telecom internet subscribers by access technology – 2003 – 2017
    • Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018

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