Telecom – Moroccans palted on their cellphones for 55.2 billion minutes in 2017 (ANRT)

Morocco’s telecommunication sector has notably improved in recent years; as a matter of fact, subscriptions to mobile networks in particular, continued to grow in 2017, says the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT).

Thus, subscriptions to 4G services reached more than 6.8 million customers by the end of December 2017, against 2.8 million customers at the end of 2016, marking an annual increase of nearly 143%, ANRT said in a press release, noting that Morocco’s mobile fleet was established at 43.92 million subscribers at the end of 2017, for mobile penetration rate was estimated at 126%, bringing its annual growth to 5.8%.

In fact, Morocco’s fixed and mobile internet fleet has registered 22.2 million subscribers at the end of 2017, achieving an annual increase of 30.1% and a penetration rate of 63.67%, ANRT indicated, stressing that mobile Internet alone was established at 20.83 million subscribers, marking an annual increase of 31.69% (nearly 5 million net subscriptions).

Rates for post-paid mobiles have shown an annual growth of 10.38% with 3.29 million subscribers. On the other hand, the number of prepaid mobile subscribers reached 40.62 million by the year 2017 (+ 5.43% over one year).

Fiber optics has also grown in volume for FFTH (Fiber to The Home) has reached 36.347 subscribers against 10.657 only a year before.

It is noteworthy that the total volume for outgoing mobile minutes in 2017 was estimated at 55.2 billion minutes, marking a 4.2% decrease compared to 2016. SMS rates, however, continued their downward trend for they dropped to 6.3 billion units (-22.1%), ANRT noted.

Moreover, prices for mobile communications stood at 0.23 DHHT per minute, while fixed new generation networks went from 0.94 to 1.05 DHHT per minute.

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