Morocco had 36.55 million mobile phone users at the end of 2011, up 14.29 percent on a year earlier, for a 113.57 percent penetration rate, according to national telecom regulator ANRT. Postpaid customer growth reached 26.66 percent, compared to 13.8 percent for prepaid. Mobile voice traffic increased by 65.6 percent and SMS traffic by 31.38 percent on a year earlier. Maroc Telecom saw its mobile market share fall to 48.85 percent at the end of 2011, compared to 52.81 percent a year earlier, Medi Telecom’s dipped to 32.92 percent from 33.74 percent and Wana Corporate’s (Inwi) grew to 20.23 percent from 13.45 percent.
Fixed phone subscribers fell by 4.89 percent to 3.57 million, for an 11.08 percent penetration rate. Fixed call traffic came down by 9.42 percent year-on-year. Wana Corporate had a 64.59 percent share of the fixed phone market at the end of 2011, followed by Maroc Telecom with 34.79 percent and Medi Telecom with 0.62 percent.
Driven by an 89.58 percent uptake in 3G internet services, overall internet users increased by 70.44 percent to 3.18 million, for a 9.89 percent penetration rate. Mobile internet accounted for 81.41 percent of all internet users at the end of last year, followed by ADSL at 18.53 percent, up 18.49 percent on a year earlier. Over 99 percent of all ADSL subscribers had 2 Mbps or faster service, compared to less than 60 percent at the end of 2010. Maroc Telecom had a 53.19 percent share of internet users at the end of 2011, compared to 56 percent a year earlier, followed by Medi Telecom with 28.48 percent, up on 14 percent, and 18.33 percent for Wana Corporate, versus 29.86 percent a year earlier. The country’s international bandwidth grew to 124.4 Gbps in December 2011 from 75 Gbps a year earlier.
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