MAURITIUS: FRANCE TÉLÉCOM DECIDES TO PULL OUT OF TELECOM PLUS
Mauritian ISP Telecom Plus was a joint venture started in 1996 between incumbent Mauritius Telecom and France Télécom, with most of the technology and services provided by the latter's ISP Wanadoo. Now both parties have decided that an amicable divorce is in order. The Mauritians would like to see the matter settled at the next meeting of the Council of Administration but the French do not see resolving this issue as a high priority.
"We are currently trying to see how we can buy back the 30% share France Telecom has in Telecom Plus,"said Prem Nababsing, President of Mauritius Telecom. However as France Telecom owns 40% of Mauritius Telecom, its actual overall shareholding is 58%.
In a situation that is very similar to that found in Senegal, Telecom Plus has an 86% share of the market with 60,000 subscribers. This de-facto monopoly would undoubtedly be challenged in any country that had strong competition law. With the opening of the internet market, its growth rate dropped to 20% from the 32% growth it had experienced over the last five years.
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