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Morocco’s Enterprise Infrastructure Market to Grow Significantly in Preparation for Major International Football Events

Morocco’s enterprise infrastructure market, which includes servers and external storage, is forecast to grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% to reach $62.4 million in 2027, according to the latest Tracker data from International Data Corporation (IDC). The firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker and Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker project total enterprise infrastructure market spending of $45.6 million for Morocco in 2023, up 3.8% year on year.

IDC’s analysis shows that the market enjoyed double-digit growth for the first two quarters of the year, spurred by widespread infrastructure projects and investments across the country, most notably in the telecom, banking, and government sectors. There was a decline in third-quarter sales, with the earthquake that struck the country in early September causing shipments to be delayed. However, the overall picture is positive, with IT budgets showing signs of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the public sector.

“Morocco is one of the most dynamic markets in Africa and the proliferation of digital transformation initiatives in the country is set to spur investments in emerging technologies like AI, cloud, 5G, and IoT,” says Bassant Sallam, a research analyst at IDC. “The hosting of major international sporting events like the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the 2030 FIFA World Cup is beneficial to the Moroccan market as it will increase the IT budgets available for updating infrastructure, deploying emerging technologies, and attracting foreign investment in the cloud and datacenter space.”

As preparations get underway for these international football tournaments, IDC projects that Morocco will see high levels of investment in infrastructure hardware like servers, storage, and networking across all sectors between 2024 and 2030. The government has taken the first major steps by announcing the construction of a new stadium and the upgrade of six other stadiums across the country, all of which will require updated infrastructure to facilitate compelling fan experiences and meet the required IT standards of the relevant football authorities.

Aside from government spending, IDC also expects to see strong investments in IT infrastructure hardware within the hospitality, transport, and financial sectors to support the influx of tourists expected to arrive in the country for the 2025 AFCON and 2030 FIFA World Cup.

“The financial sector is one of the key spenders on infrastructure hardware in Morocco,” says Sallam. “With the upcoming events, we expect to see higher demand for financial services coming from tourists and the huge number of daily transactions. Enabling the provision of online and cashless services, alongside various other initiatives, is expected to play an important role in driving the financial sector’s digital transformation journey over the coming years.

“The country’s telecom operators will also play a vital role in ensuring the success of these events, particularly the FIFA World Cup. They will be responsible for providing an excellent fan experience in the stadiums, managing the massive surge of data traffic during the event, providing reliable internet access for fans and the media, and ensuring all networks are secure. Telcos will need to invest in 5G, cloud, AI, and IoT ahead of the event as it will require high connectivity rates and upgraded/expanded infrastructure to meet multiple workloads.”

Source: IDC