MOROCCO’S SECOND GSM OPERATOR, MÉDITÉLÉCOM PICKS UP SPEED
Morocco’s communications market is the first market in the region to undergo a very clear ³fixed to mobile substitution² phenomenon. The voice services (fixed and Mobile) still constitute the biggest share of the market with the mobile capturing the winning position. While Maroc Télécom’s GSM service boomed, its fixed service declined. MédiTélécom, which garnered a larger share of new mobile subscribers additions in 2002 than Maroc Télécom, seems to be securing its position as a viable operator in the country.
The year 2002 has been a disappointing year for the liberalization process of the communications market in Morocco. Neighboring countries closely watched Morocco since it was the first country in the region to try to liberalize its fixed communications market. The spectacular success of introducing effective duopoly competition in the GSM market did not replicate itself in the fixed segment, quite possibly because of the boom of the GSM market.