COMPETITION IN MAURITIUS BRINGS TWO LOW COST INTERNATIONAL VOIP SERVICES

Telecoms

For years there’s been no legal VOIP-based international calling services for retail customers and suddenly two come along all at once. Liberalising Mauritius is leading the way for Africa with new services last week from Mauritian ISP, Paging Services Ltd and the incumbent telco, Mauritius Telecom. Others are sure to follow.

DataAccess Telecommunications Limited, the wholly owned United Kingdom subsidiary of DataAccess America, has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Paging Services Limited of Mauritius, an International Long Distance (ILD) business and its marketing company Mauritel International Limited to offer international long distance services upon the deregulation of the market. Mauritius is an island nation off the coast of Africa.

The agreement allows DataAccess to exclusively market the Mauritius destination through Paging Services Limited’s gateway to more than 110 international carriers connected to Data Access’ global network. In return, Paging Services Limited will be using the DataAccess network for terminating Mauritius originated calls to more than 210 international destinations. Their WorldCard will offer international calls for between R6-10 per minute.

Mauritius Telecom is offering a pre-paid international calling card service branded Sesame. It is hoping to to pitch tariffs at between R7-10 a minute depending on the destination. Mauritius Telecom wants to launch its service next month. Mauritius Telecom will be pitching VOIP as something that is cheaper but does not the same degree of quality as their fixed line service. It will be particularly aimed at those wanting to communicate with their families overseas.

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