Tele Atlas ships Moroccan maps (updated)

Tele Atlas ships Moroccan maps (updated)
Tele Atlas has finally released its Moroccan maps, the company said this week. First announced to be ready in the second quarter of this year (read here), the availability of the maps has been only made "public" this week. However, this is - in fact - the second release, the first one was completed in the summer and available since September. Tele Atlas is releasing these digital maps in partnership with CADTECH, a Moroccan company specializing in geographical information systems.

“The maps, which enable navigation both within the country and from any point between Europe and Morocco, feature street-level coverage for Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, Rabat and Tangier as well as the entire road and highway network for the country”, said Tele Atlas.

The newly-released G280 PND from NDrive is the first GPS device in Morocco to use the maps said Tele Atlas. Matel, NDrive’s partner and the largest IT distributor in the region, plans to expand distribution for the G280 across North Africa. Many other players are expected on the Moroccan market: Samsung, Nokia, TomTom are currently in discussion with the three Telecom operators and local IT distributors.

Tele Atlas’ competitor NAVTEQ (owned by Nokia) has not yet launched Moroccan maps but has already opened an office in Morocco to start local coverage.

Thursday, December 18th 2008

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