Moroccan network operator Inwi (Wana) has launched a pilot outdoor Wi-Fi service in El Jadida, one of the largest cities in Morocco. The free ‘Wifi7dak’ service is said to be complementary to 3G, 4G and traditional Wi-Fi networks, and will cover a large urban area. According to a press release posted on the operator’s website, the company pledged to deploy the technology in 2013, after the regulator The National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT) recommended an expansion of its wireless broadband coverage, thus making the services accessible to more of the population. Inwi also announced that more Wi-Fi hotspots will be added to the seaside areas in the following two months, with plans to cover the university and public administration neighbourhoods in early September 2013.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, regulatory guidelines for public Wi-Fi services in Morocco have been in place since 2004. Meanwhile Meditel was awarded a 3.5GHz WiMAX licence in July 2005 as part of the country’s second national fixed line operator licence, and Wana (now Inwi) won 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz WiMAX licences as part of the third fixed line operator licence, awarded in September 2005.