MAURITIUS CONNECTS 120,000 STUDENTS ON BROADBAND AND LAUNCHES IXP
Since the launch of an initiative to connect both public and private secondary schools to DSL broadband, 171 institutions (of which 166 are Colleges) have been put online. According to the Mauritian Minister of New Technology and Communications Etienne Sinatambou:”This project has given 120,000 students a free broadband connection in a very satisfactory manner. I expect we will attain the hundred per cent connection target by the end of this month.”
He was speaking at the launch of Africa’s latest IXP in Mauritius that will enable the island’s ISPs to connect local traffic without having to send it via the SAFE international fibre to Europe and back again. The Minister also announced that the Government was making moves to repatriate the operation of the .mu country domain from South Africa and the Christmas Islands where it is currently lodged. He hoped to complete this process in 7-8 months time.