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Subsidiaries and Affiliates


Relying on its leading position in telecommunications in Morocco and its strong ability to anticipate, Maroc Telecom extends its know-how and expertise on the international scene. 

With its successful experience since 2001 with Mauritel the incumbent operator in Mauritania, Maroc Telecom has acquired majority stakes in the incumbent operators ONATEL in Burkina Faso in December 2006, Gabon Telecom in Gabon in February 2007 and SOTELMA in Mali in July 2009. 

A goal for all of these subsidiaries : to be a reference operator in the region and help develop new Information and Communication Technologies. 

Thanks to the modernization of infrastructure, to the innovation policy and to the regular price reductions and to the continuous improvement in the management of various domains of activity, Maroc Telecom’s subsidiaries in Africa achieve a very good performance, especially in terms of quality of service, improvement of their market share and growth their revenues. 

In 2013, the number of mobile subscribers of the subsidiaries reached nearly 16 million customers, an increase of nearly 30% compared to 2012, mainly characterized by the strong growth of  subscribers in Mali (+ 48.1%), strong growth in Gabon (+ 33.9%) and an increase of nearly 19.9% ​​in Burkina Faso and 7.4% in Mauritania.


SOTELMA is the Malian incumbent operator, resulting from the split in 1990 of the former Post and Telecommunications Office.
On July 31, 2009, Maroc Telecom acquired 51% of SOTELMA after a privatization process through an international call for tenders.


Fixed Telephony, Data and Internet

SOTELMA provides fixed telephony services (voice and data) and Internet access including very high bandwidth, to individuals, businesses and administrations.
At the end of 2011, SOTELMA had a fixed telephony fleet of 94,000 lines, up 19%, thanks to the development of CDMA technology that makes it possible to rapidly and cost-effectively cover the territory.
SOTELMA is the most active operator in the fixed telephony market, with a market share of 95%. However, the penetration rate of fixed telephony relative to the population remains low at 0.6 % at the end of 2011.
SOTELMA offers Internet access through its very high bandwidth ADSL network rolled out on its fixed lines and through its CDMA network. At the end of 2011, SOTELMA had 37,000 Internet subscribers, a significant increase (+88 %) with respect to the previous year.

Mobile telephony

SOTELMA offers mobile telephony services (voice, data, roaming) under prepaid and postpaid plans. 3G is marketed since December 2011. It began servicing the cities of Bamako and Kayes.
At the end of 2011, the Malian market had 10.8 million mobile customers, that is to say a penetration rate of 78%, growing strongly (+27 points). Three mobile operators are currently active in Mali, SOTELMA, Orange, and the Monaco Telecom - Planor consortium, which have 2G and 3G licenses.
SOTELMA had 4.4 million customers at the end of 2011 (+102 %), almost entirely prepaid, and its market share stood at 40 %. The mobile market is increasing rapidly due to large investments made ​​to extend the network coverage to new areas and increase its density in large cities.