Nationwide FttH coverage planned for 2015 in Mauritius

The island nation of Mauritius sports some of the best telecommunication market indicators in Africa and has been the first with many innovations, according to Research & Markets. Africa’s first cellular system was launched here in 1989, the first commercial 3G mobile service in 2004, the world’s first nationwide WiMAX wireless broadband network in 2005, and one of Africa’s first IPTV services in 2006. With strong tourism and financial services sectors, Mauritius’s economy is expected to continue growing at more than 4% per year.

The incumbent telco, Mauritius Telecom has been partially privatised and all sectors of the market are open to competition. Served by a modern, digital fixed-line network, two fibre optic submarine cables for international connectivity, three mobile networks, various broadband and other service providers, Mauritius is successfully pursuing a policy to make telecommunications the fifth pillar of its economy and to become a regional telecom hub with Singapore as a role model.

At around 100% penetration, the mobile market is virtually saturated. There are three GSM networks – Orange (Mauritius Telecom in partnership with France Telecom), Emtel (operated by Millicom International) and Mahanagar, a subsidiary of Indias MTNL which is also the islands second fixed-line operator using CDMA2000 technology.

The highest growth rates are currently seen in the mobile broadband sector, where HSPA and EV-DO based 3G services are competing with fixed-line DSL and other wireless broadband offerings, including WiMAX. FttC and FttH rollouts are in progress and have already brought 100Mb/s connections to businesses, with nearly nationwide coverage planned for 2015. The landing of a second international submarine fibre optic cable has brought prices down further in a broadband market that was already one of Africa’s most developed.

Sign-up to our weekly newsletter

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news, articles, event and product updates posted on Developing Telecoms.
Subscribe to our FREE weekly email newsletters for the latest telecom info in developing and emerging markets globally.
Sending occasional e-mail from 3rd parties about industry white papers, online and live events relevant to subscribers helps us fund this website and free weekly newsletter. We never sell your personal data. Click here to view our privacy policy.