El Azdine Mountassir Billah, the director of Morocco’s telecoms regulator Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has announced that 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology will be available in the country by early-2015. Agence Ecofin reports that the executive revealed that the 4G auction should be completed by the end of 2013, and the successful bidders will be announced in early 2014.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, LTE-suitable spectrum was to be awarded to Moroccan cellcos in a process starting in autumn 2012, with an auction set to take place in early 2013, potentially allowing the entry of a fourth player. The licensing plan was designed to allow the launch of 4G services (and potentially a new operator) by the end of 2013. However, it was not until May 2013 that Morocco’s telecoms watchdog actually announced its plans to launch an auction for the 4G frequency resources.