Moroccan network operator Inwi (Wana) has announced that it has conducted tests using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, just days ahead of the country’s planned 4G spectrum auction, which is scheduled to take place on 17 November. The 4G trial, which was carried out in the region of Mohammedia, reportedly achieved download speeds of 150Mbps. Domestic news source Medias 24 cited CEO Frederic Debord as saying: ‘We will participate in the tender for 4G, but our decision to respond or not respond will take into account the conditions for granting and operating a licence,’ The cost of the licence itself and terms regarding infrastructure sharing are said to be Inwi’s primary concerns.
As previously noted by CommsUpdate, telecoms regulator the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) initially planned to award 4G licences at the start of 2013, with commercial launches following by the end of that year at the latest, although the tender has since been postponed on several occasions. Last week incumbent operator Maroc Telecom, which was authorised to trial LTE technology in Rabat, achieved maximum download speeds of 140Mbps over its own test network.