Mauritius - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Mauritius to benefit from additional submarine cables by 2019

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 services are now widely available, while the government has also supported the building of a national Wi-Fi network, with additional fund 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 IOX Cable expected to be ready for service in 2019 and the LION3 cable providing additional capacity.

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 146% by late 2017, 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 is investing more than Rs5 billion to fast-track national FttP deployment by the end of 2017.

Key developments:

  • Mauritius Telecom expands reach of LTE, rebrands services as my.t;
  • Mauritius signs MoU with Estonia to develop ICTs;
  • Emtel awarded MUR554 million in 20 legal dispute against Mauritius Telecom;
  • Government makes progress with its ‘Wi-Fi Mauritius’ program;
  • Emtel extends Airbox FWA across Mauritius;
  • Government unveils Smart Mauritius program;
  • Work progresses on the IOX Cable System linking Mauritius with India and South Africa;
  • Mauritius Telecom expects to deploy fibre across the island by the end of 2017;
  • Korean government helps develop e-government services;
  • Mauritius Telecom Group reports 2.4% increase in revenue for 2016;
  • 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 2017, 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.

Table of Contents

  • 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 2012–2020
    • 5.5 National ICT Strategic Plan 2011 - 2014
    • 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)
  • 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 Broadband statistics
    • 8.3 Broadband infrastructure
      • 8.3.1 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
      • 8.3.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
      • 8.3.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 8.3.4 Other fixed-line broadband services
  • 9. Digital economy
    • 9.1 E-government
    • 9.2 Videostreaming
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
      • 10.2.1 General statistics
      • 10.2.2 Mobile data
      • 10.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 10.3 Forecasts– mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 10.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.4.1 Digital networks
    • 10.5 Major mobile operators
      • 10.5.1 My.t (Orange, MT, Cellplus)
      • 10.5.2 Emtel
      • 10.5.3 Mahanagar (MTML)
    • 10.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 10.6.1 Mobile TV
      • 10.6.2 Mobile money
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Mauritius – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2017
  • Table 4 – Internet and social media user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – ICT and telecom sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 8 – ICT penetration by service use – 2014; 2016
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Mauritius Telecom Group financial results – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Mauritius Telecom company financial results – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Mauritius Telecom subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Historic - Fixed and fixed wireless lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 15 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2016
  • Table 16 – International internet bandwidth per subscriber – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Internet subscribers by type – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Broadband subscribers by type – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Dial-up internet subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Broadband penetration (fixed and mobile) – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 23 – my.t DSL and dial-up subscribers – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 24 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 26 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Mobile voice traffic – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Mobile subscribers: prepaid and contract – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 29 – Mobile service revenue – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 30 – SMS traffic – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 33 – my-t mobile subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 34 – my-t mobile subscribers (Orange Group own share) – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Emtel mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Mauritius Telecom Group financial results – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Internet subscribers by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Broadband subscribers by type – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers: prepaid and contract – 2009 – 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Telecommunications licences in Mauritius – 2008 – 2012; 2016

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