News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 84 on 2 November 2001

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MAURITIUS - HOPES OF "CYBER-ISLAND" REMAIN A DREAM

2 November 2001

Despite all the hype surrounding the recent initiatives for making Mauritius a "cyber-island", the reality of the situation is actually very different. This week’s correspondent remains anonymous in order to describe the Island’s dilemma with complete frankness.   Mauritius, together with Ethiopia, remain the only countries in the whole of the African continent and Indian Ocean, in which the ISP sector has not yet been liberalised. Despite boasting the highest teledensity in the region, the whole economy is actually victim of a telecommunications monopoly - a price that perhaps will mean Mauritius will take years to catch up with other…