INDIAN GIANT MAHANGAR TELECOM PLANS TO LAUNCH MID-YEAR IN MAURITIUS
The Indian telco giant, Mahangar Telecom, owned by Indian government at 56,25% had received their licences from ICTA, the telco regulator and plan to start operation in 6 months, unlike other, Mahangar Telecom Mauritus Ltd (MTML) will offer fixed line telephony using it own wireless network and 55 relay stations, writes Pasquale Goder of rufaa.com.
The Indian giant, will also offer mobile telephony, market actually shared, between, EMTEL Ltd, a joint venture between Currimjee Jeewanjee and Millicom International Cellular (MIC) S.A. and CELLPLUS the mobile arm of Mauritius Telecom.
The liberalization process may look less appealing to incumbent telco, Mauritius Telecom and it strategic partner, France Telecom, who may see an erosion of it turnover in the coming years, but the ambition of the government to make ICT, one of the key pillars of the economy can only be realized through quality telecommunications facilities and competitive players. The five-year strategic plan approved by the Cabinet under the National Telecommunications Policy 2004 had set the objective, "ensure equitable and judicious execution of the telecommunications business".