Morocco’s telecoms watchdog, the Telecommunication Regulatory National Agency (ANRT), says it is looking to launch a tender for 4G cellular licences later this year. The head of ANRT, Azdine el-Mountassir Billah, told local financial newspaper La Vie Economique that the concessions will be awarded to winning bidders at the start of 2013, following a process set to start in autumn 2012, and with LTE networks possibly being launched by late-2013. The Moroccan wireless market is currently home to three players: market leader Maroc Telecom, Medi Telecom (Meditel) and Wana. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Maroc Telecom claimed 47% of the country’s 36.55 million mobile users at the end of 2011, while Meditel claimed 33% and Wana accounted for around 20% of all subscribers.
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