Maroc Telecom, the country’s incumbent telecoms provider, has successfully trialled Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Rabat, achieving maximum download speeds of 140Mbps, Maghreb Emergent reports. The test process, which was authorised by the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), will reportedly be extended to other locations ‘very soon’.
As previously noted by CommsUpdate, in September 2013 ANRT director El Azdine Mountassir Billah announced that 4G LTE technology is likely to be commercially available in the country by early-2015. The award of LTE-suitable spectrum to Moroccan cellcos is long overdue, with local media reports originally claiming that auction would take place in early 2013. Although Prime Minister Abdel-llah Benkiran approved the launch of a 4G spectrum tender in March 2014, the watchdog stopped short of providing an updated timeframe for the process.