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Mauritius - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mauritius - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mauritius developing Smart City concept

The island nation of Mauritius has long been a pioneer in the telecom sector. It was the first market in the greater Africa region to launch mobile telecom networks (in 1989), the first to provide a 3G service (2004), the first in the world to develop a nationwide WiMAX wireless broadband network (2005), and one of the first to launch IPTV services (2006). LTE and fibre broadband services are nationally available, while the government has also supported the building of a national Wi-Fi network, with additional funds set aside in the 2017-18 Budget.

The incumbent telco, Mauritius Telecom, has been partially privatised and benefits from the scale and technical prowess of Orange Group, which holds a 40% interest in the operator. All sectors of the market are open to competition. The country is a hub for submarine cables providing international connectivity, with the first stage of laying the IOX Cable underway and expected to be ready for service in 2019. The LION3 cable provides additional capacity and is helping make Mauritius a regional hub for cable connectivity.

Mauritius is successfully pursuing a policy to make telecommunications a pillar of economic growth, and to have a fully digital-based infrastructure,

The mobile market, with penetration at 143% by late 2018, is migrating from voice to data services. There are three network operators Mauritius Telecom (in partnership with Orange Group), Emtel (operated by the Currimjee Jeewanjee Group and Bharti Enterprises), and Mahanagar (a subsidiary of MTNL which is also the island's second fixed-line operator using CDMA2000 technology). These operators have steadily increased the reach of their LTE infrastructure to support growing demand for mobile data services.

In the broadband sector there is continuing progress in developing FttC and FttP rollouts. Mauritius Telecom invested more than Rs5 billion to fast-track national FttP deployment.

Key developments:

IOX Cable survey gets underway;
MAS cable lands at Rodrigues;
Mauritius Telecom completes national LTE and fibre network reach;
Mauritius signs MoU with Estonia to develop ICTs;
Government makes progress with its Wi-Fi Mauritius' program;
Emtel extends Airbox FWA across Mauritius;
Government unveils Smart Mauritius program;
Korean government helps develop e-government services;
National Broadband Policy aiming for 100Mb/s availability nationally by 2020;
Report update includes telcos' operating data to Q4 2017, regulator's market data to June 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Mauritius Telecom, Mahanagar Telephone (Mauritius) (MTNL), Emtel (Millicom, Currimjee Jeewanjee, Bharti Airtel), Bharat Telecom, Network Plus, DCL Internet, Outremer Telecom.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mauritius - 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table ICT and telecom sector revenue - 2008 - 2017
      • Table ICT penetration by service use - 2014; 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT 1998
    • INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ACT 2001
    • NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY (NTP - 2003, 2004)
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND POLICY 2012-2020
    • NATIONAL ICT STRATEGIC PLAN 2011 - 2014
    • SMART MAURITIUS
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION ACT
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • MAURITIUS TELECOM (MT)
      • Table Fixed-line voice traffic (calls) - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line voice traffic (minutes) - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Mauritius Telecom Group financial results - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Mauritius Telecom Group continuing operations revenue - 2016 - 2017
      • Table Mauritius Telecom company financial results - 2014 - 2017
      • Table Mauritius Telecom subscribers by sector - 2011 - 2017
      • Privatisation
    • MAHANAGAR (MTML)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed and fixed wireless lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine fibre
        • Table International internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2016
        • Table International internet bandwidth per subscriber - 2007 - 2016
      • Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System (MARS)
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Internet subscribers by type - 2006 - 2018
      • Table Broadband subscribers by type - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Dial-up internet subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Broadband penetration (fixed and mobile) - 2006 - 2018
    • BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
        • Table my.t DSL and dial-up subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Other fixed-line broadband services
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2018
      • Satellite broadband
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2006 - 2018
      • Table Mobile subscribers: prepaid and contract - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Mobile service revenue - 2009 - 2018
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS traffic - 2006 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2018
    • FORECASTS- MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • My.t (Orange, MT, Cellplus)
        • Table my-t mobile revenue - 2015 - 2017
        • Table my-t mobile subscribers - 2011 - 2017
        • Table my-t mobile subscribers (Orange Group own share) - 2015 - 2017
      • Emtel
        • Table Emtel mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2014
      • Mahanagar (MTML)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile money
  • RELATED REPORTS

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