The Moroccan authorities had, since 2019, made the development of the optical fiber market a priority. According to the National Optical Connection Plan, announced at the time by the government, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) was to connect 50% of Moroccan households to very high-speed fiber optic services before 2025. , at like of the world market, will be driven by the arrival of new technologies which call for a renewal, sometimes massive, of infrastructures, inducing significant investments for the deployment of very high speed networks”, then presented a general orientation note adopted by the regulator. The development of this segment has become even more strategic with the Covid-19 crisis.
This is a challenge for Maroc Telecom, Orange Maroc (a subsidiary of the French group) and Inwi, whose cumulative number of subscribers to fiber optic offers did not exceed 330,000 at the end of September 2021. But it is also and above all a boon for the three operators who are engaged in a leadership race on this technology. In May, Orange Maroc made a commitment to the government at carry out, over the next three years, an investment of 530 million euros aimed at the deployment of broadband and very high speed through, among other things, the construction of its FTTH (Fiber To The Home) infrastructure. In 2018, Maroc Telecom (notably owned by the Emirati Etisalat) also signed a similar agreement with the executive providing for an investment program of more than 930 million euros over three years.
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Is this enough to give fiber optics a boost? No, according to the ANRT. “The objectives of deploying access networks to high and very high speed cannot be met without significant investments, which can and must be rationalized by an effective sharing of infrastructures”, indicated the orientation note. of 2019.