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National Computer Board

ICT Infrastructure in Mauritius

TIn order to sustain development of the ICT sector and make access to the Internet a basic citizens’ right, as well as to establish an inclusiveness approach and make e-government services popular, state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities and services along with a robust and reliable telecommunications network are necessary. These elements should not only be highly accessible but must also be affordable for everyone.  In the same perspective, considerable investment has been incurred to provide Mauritius with a modern telecommunications network.

The telecommunications sector was liberalised at the end of 2001 and has evolved from a classical analogue network to a fully digital one, endowed with enhanced capabilities in terms of bandwidth, connectivity and value-added services. In addition, since 2002, Mauritius has been well connected to the rest of the world via satellite and through the South Africa Far East (SAFE) submarine cable providing high bandwidth international connectivity. In 2009, the government launched the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) submarine fibre cable system, which links Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion Island, is 1070 km in length and consists of 2 fibre pairs. This cable brings resiliency to the country’s connections and makes it more attractive to investors. In 2011, the government launched the LION2 submarine cable (3,000 km in length), which extends the LION cable to Kenya via the island of Mayotte. The LION2 cable provides Mayotte, for the first time, with access to a broadband Internet network benefiting from a transmission capacity and service quality equivalent to those available in Europe.

According to the Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts, Buddecomm report 2012, Mauritius sports some of the best telecommunication market indicators in Africa and has been the first with many innovations: 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.

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