Maroc Telecom boss informs Ali Bongo of Gabonese fibre, VoD plans

18 Feb 2015

Maroc Telecom-backed Gabon Telecom is set to deploy a nationwide fibre-optic network, enabling it to introduce video-on-demand (VoD) services for end-users. The plans were revealed by Maroc Telecom chairman Abdeslam Ahizoune after a one-on-one meeting with Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba last week. Gabon Telecom currently offers mobile, fixed line and xDSL broadband services, and in October 2014 claimed to be the first company in Central Africa to launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services.

Last month, TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that the Gabonese government had approved long-rumoured plans to merge Gabon Telecom and Moov Gabon – the two local subsidiaries of Maroc Telecom and its controlling shareholder Etisalat – paving the way for the creation of a new, enlarged operator.

Gabon, Gabon Telecom (Moov Africa), Maroc Telecom (IAM)