Internet service providers promise faster broadband for 2006

In their master plans for 2006, Internet service providers in Mauritius aim to increase the bandwidth of their broadband Internet services. To achieve this, they will make use of wireless network technologies that are easier to deploy across the country. WiMax will also allow speed of up to 3 mbps and provision of other services such as voice-over-IP telephony and video-on-demand. With such an infrastructure, the Internet service providers will be in a better position to compete with the current leader in this market, Telecom Plus.

Although the emphasis will be put on increasing the speed of Internet connection, the service providers will also continue their talks with the Information and Communications Technologies Authority (ICTA) on the subject of cost of connections to the SAFE cable, which they claim is too high and represent an obstacle to them lowering their prices.

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