Morocco: Embracing 5G Implementation Nationwide

In a significant stride towards the digital future, Morocco's National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) is leading the charge with the introduction of 5G technology in the country.

Main Morocco Telecom Providers Prepare for 5G Implementation

With a well-established mobile market boasting a 137.5 percent penetration rate, Morocco is setting its sights on a cutting-edge digital transformation. Maroc Telecom, Orange, and Inwi, the nation’s leading mobile network operators, have not only made their mark in fixed-line and fixed-wireless services but have also paved the way for mobile data services through robust LTE infrastructure. The surge in mobile data usage, driven by the ubiquity of smartphones, constituting nearly 80 percent of the mobile devices in use, lays the foundation for Morocco’s digital evolution. 

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Morocco's Ambitious Digital Agenda

Morocco is strategically positioning itself as a thriving digital technology hub within the African continent. Attracting foreign direct investment into the telecommunications sector is a key objective as Morocco accelerates its comprehensive digital transformation, promotes innovative technologies, and advances its telecommunications services. 

Preparing for 5G Spectrum Auction

Moroccan telecom operators have successfully concluded pilot tests for 5G and are primed for the deployment of their 5G networks. The government is actively engaged in international studies to ensure strict adherence to safety and implementation standards before launching Morocco’s 5G network. ANRT anticipates conducting a 5G spectrum auction, slated for late 2023 or early 2024, prompting telecom operators to gear up for equipment contracts. The evolving 5G landscape has captured the interest of several international technology companies. 

With the decision firmly in place, Morocco is set to kickstart 5G technology implementation early this year. The approval criteria for cellular devices, TCU, and mobile phones mandate a minimum of 4G/LTE technology. Devices reliant solely on 2G and/or 3G technology will not receive approval in the country unless they integrate at least 4G/LTE technology. 

The decision is on the verge of final signatories and will be published imminently.

For more information, visit the official ANRT website.

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