Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), Morocco Telecom’s regulatory body officially announced that the fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolutiom LTE mobile license will be opened on November 17, Monday.
Morocco intended to be one of the first African countries to introduce super-fast 4G telecom services and ANRT started the preparation of launching 4G license in 2012 by releasing a tender for consultants to assist on the process.
The selected adviser assisted ANRT in setting-up the terms and conditions and deciding how many concessions should be obtained.
ANRT initially planned to award 4G licenses at the start of 2013 with commercial launches following by the end of that year at the latest, although the tender has since been postponed on several occasions.
Last week incumbent operator Maroc Telecom, which was authorized to trial LTE technology in Rabat, achieved maximum download speeds of 140Mbps over its test network.
Morocco’s telecommunications market is dominated by Etisalat’s Maroc Telecom, Orange affiliate Medi Telecom, and Inwi, owned by a holding company controlled by the Moroccan royal family and Kuwait’s Zain.
Of Morocco’s 34 million populations, 8 million had internet access as reported in the end of September 2014, up more than 60% from the previous year.
Further details of the launching will be revealed to operators on the opening date.