Maroc Telecom Starts Offering Fiber Optic Broadband Services

Morocco’s incumbent telecom operator, Maroc Telecom (IAM), has announced the launch of a new fiber optic package across major Moroccan cities. The high speed internet service packages are now available in Rabat, Casablanca, Mohammedia, Marrakech, Tangier, Fez, Meknes, Temara, Kenitra, Oujda, and Agadir. Maroc Telecom (IAM) starts offering fiber optic broadband services after it had concluded successful trials in Casablanca and Rabat.

According to the Maroc Telecom (IAM), there are two packages available to it’d broadband subscribers; one with 50 Mbps, and one with 100 Mbps. Customers can also choose between Fiber Optic only or as part of the MTBox package. MTBox Fiber Optic allows unlimited calls to domestic fixed-line numbers and, depending on the package chosen, 5 to 10 hours of free calls to domestic mobile numbers, as well as access to the Prestige or Evasion package, it said in a statement.

The internet was introduced in Morocco in 1995 by ONPT (French: Office National des Postes et Télécommunications; English: National Posts and Telecommunication Board). Service remains slow, with Maroc Telecom typically delivering less than half, and sometimes only a tenth, of promised speeds of up to 20 Mbit/s. (French: Office National des Postes et Télécommunications; English: National Posts and Telecommunication Board).

Maroc Telecom (IAM) employs around 11,178 employees. It has 8 regional delegations with 220 offices present on all the territory of Morocco. The acronym IAM of Maroc Telecom comes from its original name Ittisalat Al Maghrib. The name “Maroc Telecom” was adopted later for better international recognizability.

The Moroccan telecommunication project dates back to 1891 when King Hassan I created the first postal service of Morocco. In 1913, the Moroccan Postal Telephone and Telegraph was established. In 1967 Morocco placed the first underwater cable between Tetouan, Morocco, and Perpignan, France, through the Mediterranean.

Due to the advancement of Telecommunications around the globe, Morocco decided to create a new entity called the Office National des Postes et Télécommunications (ONPT) to manage the industry. ONPT was responsible of the introduction of Analog Mobile Radiotelephony in 1987. Later on, in 1992, Morocco set up the first underwater optical fiber cable. Two years later, a GSM service was operational.

Morocco is home to two new optical fiber cable manufacturing companies named FBR Maroc located in Casablanca and Furukawa in Tangier. It has been more than a year since the Japan-based fiber optic product supplier Furukawa had announced its plans to start a cable and accessories factory in Tangier. Maroc Telecom’s FTTH deployments will be greatly benefited by the presence of local fiber optic product suppliers.

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