Maroc Telecom, the country’s incumbent telco by subscribers, is planning to launch ‘4G+’ services on 13 July 2015 in all main cities of the country’s provinces. The operator, which is currently carrying the final technical tests before the service introduction, will offer theoretical maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps. Potential subscribers will only need a 4G-compatible device in order to access the service.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in mid-March 2015 the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) awarded three 20-year Long Term Evolution (LTE) licences to the country’s mobile operators. Maroc Telecom, majority owned by United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Etisalat, paid MAD1 billion (USD102.5 million) for frequencies in the 800MHz (to be allocated in two stages), 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, Meditel paid MAD500.437 million, while Wana paid MAD503.000 million. Meditel launched the country’s first LTE service in Casablanca in the beginning of last month, with the 4G service subsequently extended to Rabat and Sale; Wana followed suit shortly after, with a ‘nationwide’ LTE launch announced in mid-June.