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Morocco’s enterprise infrastructure market to surge in light of World Cup bid

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Recent Tracker data from International Data Corporation (IDC) projects Morocco’s corporate infrastructure market, which includes servers and external storage, to expand at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%, reaching $62.4 million in 2027. 

Moroccan business infrastructure market spending is expected to reach $45.6 million in 2023, increasing 3.8% yearly, indicated IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker and Worldwide Quarterly Business Storage Systems Tracker.

The market had double-digit growth for the first two quarters of the year. Several infrastructure projects fueled these gains and investments made nationwide, particularly in the government, banking, and telecom sectors. 

However, third-quarter sales decreased as a result of shipments being delayed due to the country’s early September earthquake. The overall situation is encouraging, though, since IT budgets, especially in the public sector, are beginning to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bassant Sallam, a research analyst at IDC said “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.”

Hosting 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 data center space, explained the expert.

IDC predicts that Morocco will witness significant investment in infrastructure hardware, such as servers, storage, and networking across all industries, between 2024 and 2030, as preparations for these international football championships begin. 

By announcing plans to build a new stadium and renovate six other stadiums around the nation, the government has taken significant first steps. All of these projects will require updated infrastructure to meet the necessary IT standards set by the relevant football authorities and to enable engaging fan experiences, noted the same source.

To accommodate the flood of tourists anticipated to come to the nation for the 2025 AFCON and 2030 FIFA World Cup, IDC predicts significant expenditures in IT infrastructure hardware within the hospitality, transportation, and financial sectors in addition to governmental spending.

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