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Morocco to get LTE by 2015

September 9, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top Stories

Morocco’s telecommunications regulator, ANRT, has announced that it has authorized the country’s three mobile phone operators to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots for “the purpose of spreading broadband Internet use across the Kingdom.”

New ANRT director Azdine El Mountassir Billah (Image source: Lesoir Echos)

New ANRT director Azdine El Mountassir Billah (Image source: Lesoir Echos)

The move has been praised by experts who believe Morocco’s growth and economic future depends largely on how quickly and adequately it can build its Internet and broadband base.

Morocco’s mobile penetration stands at over 100 percent and demand for bandwidth continues to grow.

New ANRT director Azdine El Mountassir Billah has announced that LTE will not be launched commercially before end-2014 or start-2015.

When he addressed this topic in May, the regulator said the auction process “would begin before the end of 2013, so that the license winners would be known for the start of the next year.”

It is unknown if this process will be followed or if this would mean a delay in the LTE rollout. Either way, IT experts believe that the LTE will help push the country forward and into the Internet age for all Moroccans and not only those in larger cities.

Joseph Mayton

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