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Mauritius - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • August 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 39 pages

Mauritius Telecom to fast-track national fibre coverage by 2017
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 cellular systems (in 1989), the first to provide commercial 3G mobile 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 services are now widely available, providing data at up to 100Mb/s.

The incumbent telco, Mauritius Telecom, has been partially privatised and now 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. Served by a modern, digital fixed-line network, fibre optic submarine cables for international connectivity, three mobile networks, and a number of 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. The government has been active in promoting its national broadband policy. The government has been instrumental in securing infrastructure upgrades, including an upgrade for satellite connectivity to Rodrigues, which became operational in mid-2013, as well as improved submarine cable capacity to the island, affected in 2015.

The mobile market, with penetration at 146% by mid-2016, is migrating from voice to data services. There are three GSM network operators Mauritius Telecom (in partnership with Orange Group), Emtel (now operated by the local Currimjee Jeewanjee Group and by Bharti Enterprises), and Mahanagar, a subsidiary of India's MTNL which is also the island's second fixed-line operator using CDMA2000 technology.

The highest growth rates are currently seen in the mobile broadband sector, where LTE, HSPA and EV-DO based 3G services compete with fixed-line DSL and other wireless broadband offerings, including WiMAX. FttC and FttP rollouts are in progress, delivering 100Mb/s connections to the residential sector and options for a 1Gb/s services for businesses. Mauritius Telecom is investing more than Rs5 billion to fast-track national FttP deployment by the end of 2017.

End-user pricing has fallen in recent years following the landing of a second international submarine fibre optic cable.

Key developments:

Mauritius Telecom expands reach of LTE;
New METISS submarine cable set to be ready for service by end-2018;
Government unveils Smart Mauritius program;
New IXP opened in Mauritius;
Mauritius Telecom expects to deploy fibre across the island by the end of 2017;
Korean government pledges to help develop e-government services;
Bharat Telecom launches phase two of its fibre broadband project;
Mauritius Telecom reports 8.1% increase in net income for 2015;
Millicom sells its stake in Emtel to Currimjee Jeewanjee;
National Broadband Policy aiming for 100Mb/s availability nationally by 2020;
Regulator sets up a price-capped internet service to encourage connectivity, subsidised by the Universal Service Fund;
Report update includes telcos' operating data to Q2 2016, regulator's market data to December 2015, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Mauritius's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 30%
Fixed broadband | 20%
Mobile SIM (population) | 146%
(Source: BuddeComm)

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.

Table Of Contents

Mauritius - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecommunications Act 1998
5.2 Information and Communication Technology Act 2001
5.3 National Telecommunications Policy (NTP 2003, 2004)
5.4 National Broadband Policy 20122020
5.5 National ICT Strategic Plan 2011 - 2014
5.5.1 NTP targets
5.6 Smart Mauritius
5.7 Regulatory authority
5.8 Electronic Transaction Act
5.9 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.10 Interconnection
5.11 Universal Service Fund
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Mauritius Telecom (MT)
6.1.1 Privatisation
6.2 Mahanagar (MTML)
6.2.1 Network infrastructure
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 International infrastructure
7.1.1 Submarine fibre
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 Cyber City Project
8.5 ISP market
8.6 Broadband infrastructure
8.6.1 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
8.6.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
8.6.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.6.4 Other fixed-line broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-government
10. Digital media
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Videostreaming
10.3 My.T
10.4 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.2.2 Mobile data
11.2.3 Mobile broadband
11.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
11.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
11.4 Mobile infrastructure
11.4.1 Digital networks
11.5 Major mobile operators
11.5.1 Orange (MT, Cellplus)
11.5.2 Emtel
11.5.3 Mahanagar (MTML)
11.6 Mobile content and applications
11.6.1 Mobile TV
11.6.2 Mobile money
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Mauritius 2016 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 ICT and telecom sector revenue 2008 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed-line voice traffic 2009 - 2015
Table 9 Mauritius Telecom Group financial results 2004 - 2015
Table 10 Mauritius Telecom company financial results 2014 - 2015
Table 11 Mauritius Telecom subscribers by sector 2011 - 2014
Table 12 Historic - Fixed and fixed wireless lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2009
Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2017
Table 14 International internet bandwidth 1999 - 2015
Table 15 International internet bandwidth per subscriber 2007 - 2015
Table 16 Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 17 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 18 Internet subscribers by type 2006 - 2015
Table 19 Broadband subscribers by type 2004 - 2015
Table 20 Dial-up internet subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2015
Table 21 Broadband penetration (fixed and mobile) 2006 - 2015
Table 22 Orange (MT) DSL and dial-up subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 23 Wireless broadband subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 24 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 25 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 26 Mobile voice traffic 2006 - 2017
Table 27 Mobile subscribers: prepaid and contract 2009 - 2015
Table 28 SMS traffic 2006 - 2016
Table 29 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 30 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 31 Orange mobile subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 32 Emtel mobile subscribers 2010 - 2014
Chart 1 Mauritius Telecom Group financial results 2004 2015
Chart 2 Mauritius Telecom subscribers by sector 2011 2015
Chart 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2017
Chart 4 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2016
Chart 5 Internet subscribers by type 2006 2015
Chart 6 Broadband subscribers by type 2004 2015
Chart 7 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2017
Chart 8 Mobile subscribers: prepaid and contract 2009 2015
Exhibit 1 Telecommunications licences in Mauritius 2008 2012; 2016

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