The head of government Saad Dine El Otmani is more than ready for the development of high and very high speed internet (particularly in areas with high economic activity) which is at the forefront of the priorities defined in the framework of the memorandum of general guidelines for the development of the telecommunications sector by 2023.
In any case, this is what he suggested when he chaired the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT). El Otmani expressed his aspiration that the telecommunications sector in Morocco is one of the main levers to bridge the digital divide and reduce social and spatial inequalities.
On the other hand, a team of consultants from SFR, a subsidiary of the Altice group, a French mobile telephony giant, has been deployed for several months in Morocco, in order to explore the national telecoms market. Altice is a telecoms and media group owned by its founder Patrick Drahi, who is a Franco-Israeli native of Casablanca on August 20, 1963.
Among other things, Drahi owns the Israeli channel i24 News. He owes his fortune to the fields of communication and the Internet among many activities. In addition to these areas, Patrick Drahi is also interested in the media, a sector in which he also invests heavily. He owns in addition to “I24 News”, the famous Israeli news channel, of “BFM”, “RMC”, as well as the magazines Release, which he saved from bankruptcy, and The Express. Forbes ranked it in 2016 at 3th ranks among the richest men in France and estimated his wealth in 2018 at around $ 7.1 billion, ranking him on his list of the richest people in the world.
But Drahi, the “Breton” businessman, who by the way, has a frame of mind adopted by eclecticism especially in his investments, does not devote himself only to the media. It is also connected to cable, such as cable or optical fiber to provide televisions and the Internet…, moreover, in its empire it is the soul of its business. In this, Patrick Drahi is present in France, Portugal, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom most recently and perhaps even, soon in his native country, Morocco. Indeed, it is rumored that Altice via its subsidiary, SFR, is seeking to obtain a license or at least to acquire a stake in one of the national operators.
Also, in view of the exit of the head of government Saad Dine El Otmani and the negotiations of SFR, one is entitled to wonder, even if possibly, on what could well be brewing. In general our national El Otmani is not talkative for nothing, even when at the end there are sometimes blunders. Did he say too much or not enough this time, to the ANRT Board of Directors? The near future should reveal everything because nothing is hiding nowadays.
Still, by calling ” actors and stakeholders to give particular importance to dedicated business services, given the growth potential of this market in Morocco, able to guarantee innovative, adapted and quality solutions ”Suggests a preparation of the ground. In addition by praising ” the equipment available to the Kingdom able to meet the needs of customers and telecom operators … », We do not see only empty words and everything suggests that something is up on this side, so true is it that it is customary to say that the calendar and the agenda are not the domain of chance.
This commotion of cables, we will say, if it succeeds, should mark the return of SFR to Morocco. Indeed the subsidiary of Altice would scramble to use Morocco as a platform for Africa. Altice, it may be recalled, had bought the group of contact centers Intelcia Maroc in 2018 and which, paradoxically, has, among other clients, SFR. The latter until 2013, was a subsidiary of Vivendi which held, well! O coincidence, 53% of Maroc Telecom, a stake erased since by a takeover of the Emirati Etisalat.