IT`S EASSY FOR MAURITIUS, BUT NOT SO FOR MOST OF AFRICA

Telecoms

Mauritius has agreed to join the East African Submarine Cable System initiative, hoping thereby to turn an EASSy landing station into a gateway through which to becoming key Indian Ocean IT hub.

“Now we have a protocol signed by nine countries, and Mauritius is likely to be the tenth. That is a critical mass enough to get things moving,” said Telecom's Ministry spokesman, Etienne Sinatambou.

Mauritius, which is already connected into the South Africa Far East cable and has signed-up to be a part of a planned African satellite project, is trying to evolve its US$6 billion economy beyond agriculture, textiles and tourism.

However, Mauritian enthusiasm for the EASSy project is in marked contrast to the feeble response from Africa itself where, to date, just seven of 23 applicable nations have agreed to support the cable.

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