MAURITIUS – The main goal of the “Wi-Fi Mauritius” project, launched recently by Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, is to make Mauritius almost entirely connected to the Internet by means of six hundred public access hotspots.
The initiative was joined by Mauritian telephone service provider, Telecom, which is working to bring web access to remote areas. At the moment, around 350 active hotspots are active in public areas, such as community centres, post offices and the Mauritian Telecom representative office.
The service is not only for the company’s clients, but also for every owner of a mobile phone number. The service, to be activated by PIN number, allows 250 MB of free daily data. “It’s another step in our vision to transform Mauritius into an e-economy. We are in the centre of a digital revolution… I have the dream of democratised access to technology and connectivity.
Internet, island of Mauritius and 3G
In the 2016-2017 budget report, I announced 250 supplementary wi-fi hotspots for a total of 600 Wi-Fi zones. Our country will become a digital island,” Jugnauth stated. Mauritius was the first African nation to open to the market of mobile phones, in 1989, and the first to provide 3G support, in 2004. The penetration rate of mobile phones is at 146%, against 30% of landline connections.
Mauritius Telecom, the main telephone service provider, is partially privatised and 40% belongs to the Orange Group.