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Morocco boasts 36.5 million mobile users

January 30, 2012 • Top Stories

Mobile users in Morocco continued their upward push through 2011, with the number of subscribers rising 14.29 percent to 36.55 million. According to a report from the country’s national telecom regulator ANRT (Agence National de Réglementation des Télécommunications), the result is a 113.57 percent penetration rate.

Abdeslam Ahizoune, Chairman and CEO of Maroc Telecom (image: emarrakech.info)

Growth in post-paid customers also saw an increase of 26.66 percent, compared to only 13.8 percent in 2010.

“Mobile voice traffic increased by 65.6 percent and SMS traffic by 31.38 percent, compared to last year. Maroc Telecom saw its mobile market share fall to 48.85 percent at the end of 2011, compared to 52.81 percent a year earlier, Medi Telecom’s dipped to 32.92 percent from 33.74 percent and Wana Corporate’s (Inwi) grew to 20.23 percent from 13.45 percent,” the report said.

“This should be a good boost to the beginning of this year in terms of increasing services that Moroccans should be getting,” Maroc Telecom consultant Ibrahim Mahmoud said.

As mobile users continued to climb, fixed landlines saw a drop in subscribers by almost five percent, down to 3.57 million, or a penetration rate of 11.08 percent.

The report said fixed call traffic came down by 9.42 percent year-on-year. “Wana Corporate had a 64.59 percent share of the fixed phone market at the end of 2011, followed by Maroc Telecom with 34.79 percent and Medi Telecom with 0.62 percent,” the report added.

Joseph Mayton

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