Moroccan telecoms regulator the ANRT has issued a report for the first quarter of 2009, showing that the country’s fixed lines in service reached 3.093 million at the end of March, up from 2.711 million at end-March 2008. The latest total included 1.791 million limited mobility fixed-wireless CDMA lines, up from 1.367 million, accounting for 57.9% of the overall fixed market at end-March 2009, up from 50.5% a year earlier. The vast majority of the limited mobility lines are operated by Wana, which accounted for 58.07% of the overall fixed line market by the end of 1Q 2009, ahead of Maroc Telecom with 41.69% of all lines, and Medi Telecom (Meditel) with 0.24%. In the residential segment, Wana's market share rises to 70.16%, but Maroc Telecom still dominates the lucrative business user market, with 96.57% of the country's 381,000 fixed lines registered to companies.
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In Morocco's cellular market, the regulator calculated that there were 23.516 million mobile subscribers at the end of the first quarter, up from 20.616 million a year earlier, translating to a population penetration of over 75%. Maroc Telecom was reported to have 14.630 million, or 62.21% of these lines, ahead of Meditel with 35.57% (8.365 million subscriptions), and Wana with 521,000 users (2.22%) all served under its 3G mobile licence. Wana is preparing to join its two rivals in the 2G mobile arena under a recently awarded 1800MHz concession. 96% of all mobile customers take pre-paid services, according to the watchdog.
Morocco’s 3G wireless broadband subscriptions (mobile and fixed-wireless) nearly quadrupled in a year to reach 339,000 at the end of 1Q 2009, with Wana taking a 62.5% share (212,000 accounts) with its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO-based services, ahead of the W-CDMA/HSDPA-based competition from Maroc Telecom (19%) and Meditel (18.5%).
The country’s fixed broadband ADSL market remains almost completely dominated by Maroc Telecom, which served 98.95% of the nation's 489,000 subscribers (up by just 0.2% y-o-y) by the end of the trimester, with Wana and others sharing the small remainder.