Four bidders for Moroccan 3G licences

17 Jul 2006

Morocco’s telecoms regulator the ANRT reported last Friday that four companies had entered bids for three 3G mobile licences it is planning to award as part of a drive to increase competition in the telecoms sector. The bidders include a trio of domestic operators – Maroc Télécom, Maroc Connect and Medi Télécom (Meditel) – alongside Nejma Telecom Maroc, a subsidiary of Kuwait mobile firm Wataniya Telecom. A statement from the ANRT read: ‘The presence of the four operators in the tender process shows the interest and the potential of the Moroccan telecoms market… The offers will be assessed on the basis of the bidder commitments on infrastructure, cover [sic], service quality, diversification and cohesion of the offer… The tender process aims at awarding a maximum of three licences.’ The regulator has priced the concessions at MAD360 million (USD41.23 million) each, and will name the winners ‘as soon as possible’, although no precise date was given.

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