Moroccan mobile operator Inwi has launched a new 3G/3.5G mobile broadband network based on W-CDMA/HSPA+ technology in selected locations, Agence Ecofin reports. In the first phase of the project, subscribers in the towns of Casablanca, Dar Bouazza, Rabat, Temara, Skhirat and Mohammedia will benefit from download speeds of 7.2Mbps. Under the second phase of the deployment programme, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, the operator will upgrade base stations in El Jadida, Marrakech, Agadir, Tangier, Meknes, Fez and Tetouan. Inwi is ultimately aiming to provide nationwide HSPA+ coverage, although the company stopped short of providing a timeframe for achieving this objective. Inwi (formerly known as Wana) already operates a 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS network for voice/data users alongside a 3G/3.5G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network for data-only usage, but has been falling behind in terms of mobile broadband popularity due to its belated entry to the W-CDMA/HSPA 3G smartphone market currently sliced up between rivals Maroc Telecom and Meditel.
Also this week, Inwi announced the launch of high definition (HD) voice services over its mobile network.