MOROCCO HOPES SECOND TIME LUCKY ON PRIVATISING INCUMBENT

Telecoms

Morocco’s telecom regulator ANRT will try a second time to liberalize the nation’s fixed line sector by announcing a timetable for a new license in the first quarter of 2004, said a spokesperson from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Telecommunication.

Morocco tendered in 2002 for the sale of the second fixed license but no one from the twelve initially interested companies submitted a proposal. The fixed line subscriber base is decreasing in the country because of the boom in the cellular market.

Speaking at a recent press conference, the ministry source said that ANRT is trying to re-vamp the license to make it more appealing to international telecom firms. One of the possible incentives could be a double offering of a fixed and mobile license to a single operator.

Two telecommunication companies presently operate in Morocco ‹ Maroc Telecom, of which the French Vivendi Group controls 35 percent, and the Meditel Company, which belongs to the Spanish Telefonica Group.

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