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Morocco Telecommunications Report

Morocco Telecommunications Report

Market Study
Published: October 2016
Pages: 51
Research from: Business Monitor International
Sector: Broadband & Fixed

From: GBP 820.00
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BMI has not made any forecast revisions in the latest Q3 2016 report update and we continue to maintain our view that the Moroccan mobile market is in a state of flux, between a mobile segment seeking profitability and a fixed segment looking for higher competition. The rollout of advanced data services and 3G has not resulted in significantly increased profits for operators at present. Furthermore, the recent decline in Q116 suggests that inactive accounts are being shed as the penetration rate begins to rise. On the other hand, the fixed market continues to be dominated by Maroc Telecom, with the lack of progression in unbundling hindering growth, competition and the development of the market.
Robust Growth: 3G Subscribers (000)
Source: BMI, Operator Data

Key Data

  • There were 42.05mn mobile subscriptions in Morocco at the end of Q116, a y-o-y decline of 3.0%. The major driver was 3G subscriptions, which increased to 13.3mn, almost a third of the market.

  • The recent ban on VoIP services have caused serious outcry from the consumers as the regulator has supported the operators in banning voice over IP services. The regulator claims that VoIP services do not have proper licences. There is increasing demand for the King to intervene and remove the ban.

  • There were 1.973mn broadband subscriptions at the end of 2015, a y-o-y decline of 14.7%. The main reason was a strong decline in dedicated mobile broadband subscribers, from 1.33mn to 841,000, which were not offset by growth in the fixed segment, from 983,000 to 1.132mn.

  • There were 2.222mn fixed voice connections, a y-o-y decline of 10.7%. Growth has been impacted by mobile substitution.

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