Wana befriends Meditel

14 Mar 2008

The two largest alternative telecoms companies in Morocco, GSM mobile and fixed line provider Meditel and CDMA-based wireless in the local loop (WiLL) operator Wana, have agreed to share passive network infrastructure, reports Telecompaper. The first phase of the cost-sharing agreement includes over 400 sites, engineering works, access rights and towers. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Meditel, backed by Portugal Telecom and Spain’s Telefonica, offers GSM/W-CDMA/HSDPA mobile services covering approximately 95% of Morocco’s population, whereas domestically-owned Wana currently offers limited mobility CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services. Wana (formerly known as Maroc Connect) plans to upgrade its network to provide full national mobile services, since meeting the necessary government performance targets stipulated in its fixed line licence. Wana, which operates in the consumer market under the Bayn brand, is also planning to launch W-CDMA mobile services under its 3G licence won in July 2006. In January 2007 it was reported that Moroccan systems integrator Success Technology had been selected by Wana to help it build an UMTS network.

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