Mauritius to Achieve Universal FTTH Coverage by December 2017

  • FTTH Council Europe
  • GlobalData
REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS — In many African countries, internet connectivity is mainly through mobile technologies, due to a lack of fixed infrastructure. However, the government of Mauritius has plans for laying down fiber connections to digitize the island’s economy. As part of its budget plan for 2016–2017, the government aims to cover every town and village with fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband by December 2017.

The island already has an impressive level of coverage. According to the FTTH Council Europe, in 2016, Mauritius was ranked 16th globally for fiber penetration – higher than Finland, the US and the EU28 average.

June Sun, technology analyst at GlobalData, comments, “Mauritius has one of the highest GDP per capita figures in the Southern African Development Community, and its economy has been growing in recent years, thanks to the business-friendly environment. However, growth is likely to decline in the coming years, due to economic slowdown in China.”

This slowdown should not impact the country’s internet plans though. Sun continues: “Due to the small size of the island and the high priority placed on it by the government, Mauritius has already obtained high-speed internet, and full fiber coverage should be within reach.

“Other ambitions in the Mauritius National Broadband Policy include download speeds of 100 Mbps for every home by 2020, and for every Mauritian to have affordable broadband internet by 2020. At the current rate of progress, this is likely to be achieved.”

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