The number of internet subscribers in Morocco has passed the 10mn mark, it was recently announced
The revelation was made by the country’s national telecoms regulator, which said the milestone was reached at the end of March 2015, adding that the figures represented a 61 per cent increase on the previous year.
A major contributing factor to the rise was the increasing popularity of mobile phones as a medium for accessing the internet.
The National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency added that 9.29mn accessed the web through 3G mobile networks, with the overall mobile usage standing at 43.39mn, representing a penetration rate of 128 per cent in the North African country.
The increase in internet subscribers and mobile users has also seen a simultaneous drop in the average internet bill, which contracted by 31 per cent to US$2.27 a month, along with the average 3G mobile internet bill, which dropped 32 per cent to US$1.55 a month.
Internet penetration in Africa is expected to reach 50 per cent by 2025, with 360mn smartphones on the continent by then, according to McKinsey Consultants.