Some 12 international companies purchased the documents when the tender was issued in July. Included among the interested companies is the first private local GSM operator Meditelecom, local finance house Upline Securities, leading private conglomerate ONA, and state railway company ONCF. International companies such as Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), Telecom Egypt Dataand PricewaterhouseCoopersalso bought the dossieras did the regional Atlas Group. The new network, which will be Morocco’s first private fixed-line network, is set to cover the kingdom’s seven largest cities (MEED 19:7:02).

In August, ANRT awarded licences to two local companies, Morocco Radio Telecom (Moratel)and Inquam Telecom, for the establishment and operation of trunk mobile radio networks.