Wana launches national mobile service in Morocco

Telecoms

Moroccan CDMA network operator Wana launched nationwide mobile voice roaming services, reports Telecompaper. Since launching limited mobility and fixed-wireless CDMA-based services to the consumer market in February 2007 (under the Bayn brand), Wana has signed up a total of over 1.1 million customers, but delayed the launch of full mobile services whilst it ironed out customer service problems caused by strong demand.

The domestically-owned operator - which holds a 3G cellular licence - is offering around 20 mobile handsets from manufacturers such as Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and LG, available at all of its 500-plus sales points, and has set up a 24-hour hotline. International roaming is available in over 200 countries via an agreement with Vodafone Group. Wana’s mobile services are initially only available to pre-paid users, although a contract option is planned ‘shortly’.

The ONA subsidiary is hoping to make a dent in the market shares of Morocco’s GSM mobile operators, Meditel and Maroc Telecom, by offering a ‘unique’ voice call tariff of MAD0.03 (USD0.004) per minute at any time of the day to fixed and mobile numbers.

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