Morocco Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 30 Jan 2024 Update History

Report Status: Current

Report Pages: 191

Morocco upgrades its telecom ambitions with Digital 2030 strategy

Morocco has one of the more advanced telecommunications sectors in Africa. It has been supported by the government over decades, particularly relating to the country’s digital transformation and the extension of broadband nationally. These measures have gone far to improving internet access. In the fixed-line broadband segment there is considerable investment in fibre. Though fibre accounts for about a third of all fixed broadband connections, it accounts for only about 25 of all internet connections, showing the dominance of the mobile platform.

Other companies have attempted to break into the fixed broadband market but have been repeatedly thwarted by a lack of access to Maroc Telecom’s DSL infrastructure. This situation culminated in Maroc Telecom being fined over MAD3 billion in 2020 for unfair competition practices by restricting local-loop unbundling. The DSL market has opened since then, with Inwi having secured a 17% share of subscribers by late 2023.

Other developments centre on the country’s updated Maroc Digital 2030 digital strategy. As well as a complete digitisation of public services and stimulating the digital economy, the strategy aims to create 300,000 jobs, foster startups in the ICT sector, and increase the number of graduates with digital skills from Moroccan universities and technical colleges. These efforts are supported by Technopark Morocco, which opened its sixth campus in November 2023 and which is planning to have three more in service by the end of 2024. These incubators have supported thousands of businesses and have become central to the government’s efforts to cement Morocco as a hub for technical innovation in the region.

Key developments:

  • Helios Investment Partners acquires a majority stake in Maroc Datacentre.
  • Technopark Morocco opens its sixth centre, in Essaouira, with three others planned.
  • Government sets up the National Commission for Digital Development, a body charged with streamlining administrative processes and improving the country’s digital services.
  • Morocco improves ranking in e-governance tables following the digitisation of services.
  • Morocco joins with Tanzania to use satellite-based systems to collect data on agricultural yields in areas with no internet coverage.
  • Report update includes ITU’s data updates, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, regulator’s market data to September 2023, operator data to Q3 2023, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

  • Maroc Telecom / Itissalatt Al-Maghrib (IAM), Orange Morocco, Inwi (Wana)

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