3 years have passed since this article was started!!!
So let's see where we are now:
1/ Wireless broadband is available but only for the NorthWest - Central parts of the island. It's easier to take a bus and deliver a letter personally to that person if you want to use this broadband service....but hey...atleast it's like our old 56K but without the cable!
2/ ADSL++ 2MBps over phone line: Well, as our good old Telecoms and Technology Minister keeps boasting about how Mauritius has become a cyber island, I'll paint the gloomy picture and perhaps pop this straight into his head(if he has a brain) - A survey by an internationally recognised firm investigated the situation in Mauritius and concluded that Mauritius is "under the monopoly of Mauritius Telecom" and that other firms "don't even stand a chance" and the most important bit - that the prices for the packages are "more than 300% of what Mauritians should be paying". In other words, this sucks! rs6000 monthly for the supposing good ADSL 1 Mbps service. ~£100 pounds monthly!!!! ~150 Euros monthly!!!
3/Local Connectivity vs International Download Speeds: For the ADSL from Mauritius Telecom, it says 2Mbps local speeds but there is a BIG CATCH. One can only upload at 40KB/s maximum so we will never be able to use that. On the other hand maximum promised download rates have never been reached so all this is crap.
To conclude, Mauritius is nowhere near being a cyber city. The ministry need to do what their ancestors have been doing for some years, in other words, return to plough the land and plant sugarcane!!! Leave it to the youth and I'm sure the IT sector in mauritius will bloom!
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