The Moroccan Telecommunication Regulation Agency (ANRT), an independent regulatory body, has recently issued an international tender to install a second fixed-line telephone network in Morocco, reports Al-Hayat daily.
The new network, which is intended to become operational in 2002, will support the Kingdom’s Internet services and radio-phonic networks. The Moroccan agency has reportedly set the tender closing date for international companies for September 4, 2001.
Official statistics reveal that there are currently 4.5 million cellular telephone subscribers in Morocco. In addition, there are 1.7 million fixed-line telephones, and 500,000 Internet users throughout the Kingdom.
Two telecommunication companies presently operate in Morocco ― Maroc Telecom, of which the French Vivindi Group controls 35 percent, and the Meditel Company, which belongs to the Spanish Telefonica Group. ― (MENA Report)
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