Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Business of Tech

Maroc Telecom loses appeal against $635M fine

Article Image
The Commercial Court of Appeal in Casablanca has upheld a previous ruling ordering Maroc Telecom to pay 6.3 billion Moroccan dirhams (US$635 million) in compensation to competitor Wana Corporate (known commercially as Inwi) for unfair competition practices.

The case began in 2021 when Inwi accused Maroc Telecom of abusing its dominant position in the Moroccan market leading to profit losses for Inwi.

The Commercial Court of Rabat ordered Maroc Telecom to compensate Inwi in January 2024, and Maroc Telecom said it would appeal, but has now lost the case in the appeals court.

The fine is more than Maroc Telecom's 2023 net profit of MAD6.1 billion (US$615 million).

Mobile competition in Morocco

Maroc Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Morocco with 34.6% market share at the end of March 2024, according to statistics from market research company Omdia, a sister company of Connecting Africa.

Orange Morocco was close behind with 33.4% market share while Inwi was third place with around 32% market share.

Back in mid-2021 Maroc Telecom's market share was higher at about 40% compared to Inwi's 26% but over the years competition in the market has got tighter between the three mobile operators.

Maroc Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Morocco with 34.6% market share at the end of March 2024.   (Source: Image by garetsvisual on Freepik)
Maroc Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Morocco with 34.6% market share at the end of March 2024.
(Source: Image by garetsvisual on Freepik)

In 2020, Morocco's National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT) also ordered Maroc Telecom to pay MAD3.3 billion ($333 million) for contravening the country's antitrust regulations on the implementation of local loop unbundling (LLU).

Maroc Telecom is 53% owned by the UAE's Etisalat (e&), while the Moroccan government owns 22% of the company. It is also listed on Casablanca stock exchange and on Euronext Paris.

Want to know more? Sign up to get the weekly Connecting Africa newsletter direct to your inbox.

Outside of Morocco the operator also has subsidiaries in Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire and Togo, with a total customer base of around 77.1 million across the group.

Related posts:

*Top image source: Image by freepik - AI-generated.

— Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub


KaiOS targets merchant market for growth, digital inclusion

KaiOS Technologies, the creator of a mobile operating system for smart feature phones, is piloting affordable merchant payment terminals - which look like feature phones - in Africa to help underserved merchants and transport providers accept digital payments solutions.


Ilara Health aims to improve quality of care in Kenya

Kenyan healthtech startup Ilara Health aspires to improve the quality of care in the country's clinics by providing equipment financing and digitizing facilities with its software.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Guest Perspectives


Leadership Lessons: The importance of mentorship for career growth

By Nollie Maoto

Nollie Maoto, First Rand Group's compliance chief data and analytics officer and Africa Tech Festival Leadership Council member, reflects on the importance of mentorship for career growth for African women in data analytics.


Omdia View: May 2024

By Omdia Analysts

May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.

More Guest Perspectives

Sponsored video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Upcoming events

Cyber Revolution Summit
August 9, 2024
Gaborone, Botswana
Africa Tech Festival 2024
November 12-14, 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Africa Tech Perspectives


Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.


The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Africa Tech perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Follow us on X

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign Up
Tag id test-002