Mauritius - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

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.

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
      • 7.1.2 Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System (MARS)
  • 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
      • 8.3.5 Satellite broadband
  • 9. Digital economy
    • 9.1 E-government
    • 9.2 Videostreaming
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
      • 10.2.1 Mobile data
      • 10.2.2 Mobile broadband
    • 10.3 Forecasts– mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 10.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.4.1 4G (LTE)
      • 10.4.2 3G
    • 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 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mauritius – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – ICT and telecom sector revenue – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 3 – ICT penetration by service use – 2014; 2016
  • Table 4 – Fixed-line voice traffic (calls) – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Fixed-line voice traffic (minutes) – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Mauritius Telecom Group financial results – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Mauritius Telecom Group continuing operations revenue – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Mauritius Telecom company financial results – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Mauritius Telecom subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Historic - Fixed and fixed wireless lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 12 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2016
  • Table 13 – International internet bandwidth per subscriber – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 15 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Internet subscribers by type – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Broadband subscribers by type – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Dial-up internet subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Broadband penetration (fixed and mobile) – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 20 – my.t DSL and dial-up subscribers – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 21 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Mobile voice traffic – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Mobile subscribers: prepaid and contract – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Mobile service revenue – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 27 – SMS traffic – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 29 – Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 30 – my-t mobile revenue – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 31 – my-t mobile subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 32 – my-t mobile subscribers (Orange Group own share) – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 33 – Emtel mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Mauritius Telecom Group financial results – 2004 – 2017
  • 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 – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers: prepaid and contract – 2009 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Telecommunications licences in Mauritius – 2011; 2012; 2016 – 2018

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