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Maroc Telecom Group is one of Africa’s leading companies, contributing strongly to the development of the telecom industry in 10 countries: Morocco, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Togo. A global operator, the leader in Morocco and in other countries, it now has nearly 51 million customers.
Several years ago, the Maroc Telecom Group made the choice to be committed in sustainable development approach which is seeking social and environmental performance as well as the financial one, guaranteeing sustainable and long-term growth and integrating contributions for the economic development and the well-being of populations. Today, the Group meets the needs of current and future generations, concerning access and the use of NICTs, which are the engine of sustainable economic growth and essential tools for the improvement of the living conditions. The Group maintains trusting relationships based on attentiveness with all stakeholders and promotes protection of the environment.
A responsible player, Maroc Telecom Group is committed, through its capital investments and innovative solutions, to closing the digital divide, a key aspect of its sustainable development policy. It focuses on people’s well being, offering support to many national and local community initiatives.
The Group’s presence in Africa aligns perfectly with its policy of South-South cooperation, introduced by His Majesty, The King Mohammed VI. The Group is building solid partnerships in the continent, based on mutual sharing, exchange of know-how, respect for diversity, and promoting profitable, steady and sustainable growth.
Maroc Telecom is listed on both the Casablanca and Paris exchanges since December 2004, and its majority shareholders are the Etisalat group (53%) and the Kingdom of Morocco (30%).
For its brilliant contribution to the telecom industry in Africa, Maroc Telecom finds a place in The Silicon Review’s “10 Fastest Growing Telecommunication Companies” listing.
Maroc Telecom Group designs services across a varied range of uses, to permit its customers to connect, communicate, socialize, be entertained, and work comfortably and easily. It makes massive investment to extend its networks for a maximum coverage of populations and to renovate its infrastructures for developing High and Very High Speed Mobile and Fixed-line broadband. The Group stands out by the scope and quality of its networks, continuing to provide high speed service to support the growing interest in digital operations and content. Making the most of technological advances and its own expertise, the group today offers clients a rich and high-quality customer experience. And mindful of its responsibility as a top-tier economic and social player, it actively participates in supporting numerous cultural, sporting and community activities.
At the end of 2015, the Group reported consolidated revenues of MAD 34 billion, 41% of it from its subsidiaries. Maroc Telecom is the leader in all its Fixed-Line, Mobile and Internet segments, in Morocco, with over 21 million customers at year-end 2015.
Driven by a differentiation strategy aimed at high service quality, Maroc Telecom is strategically strengthening its market presence, supported by strong investments and the pursuit of constant innovation policy. By identifying new external growth opportunities in high-potential markets, the Group plans to maximize growth in Africa and strengthen its leadership in Morocco, in the years to come.
The Visionary Guide behind Maroc Telecom
Abdeslam Ahizoune, Chairman of the Management Board
Abdeslam holds an engineering degree from Telecom ParisTech (1977). He has been Chairman of the Maroc Telecom Management Board since February 2001 and was a member of the Vivendi Management Board from April 2005 to June 2012. Since the end of 2008, he has been Chairman of the Moroccan Association of Telecom Professionals (MATI). He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Maroc Telecom from 1998 to 2001 and previously served as Minister of Telecommunications in four Governments from 1992 to 1995 and from 1997 to 1998 and as Managing Director of the National Office for Post and Telecommunications (ONPT) from 1992 to 1997. From 1983 to 1992, he was Director of Telecommunications in the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication Services. He has also been President of the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation (FRMA) since 2006.
In Morocco : 1985: Walsh of National Merit “Exceptional class”, 1991: WISSAM from the throne by the order of Chevalier, 1995: the throne of the order of officer Walsh.
In France : 2003: Knight of the order of the Legion of honor.
Feathers in the Cap
The Maroc Telecom Group has won several accolades over the years for its hard-work, integrity and commitment towards making a difference, not just in terms of telecommunications and technology, but also for steering Africa’s socio-economic developmental growth towards sustainability.