TLC MAURITIUS SEEKS A LICENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLING
Mauritian regulator ICTA is being asked to grant a licence to TLC Mauritius. This company ( a subsidiary of a French company of the same name) wants to be able to offer a premium international telephony service that includes a messaging service (for example a 30 second message to Europe for 5 rupees) and a fast wireless internet access service.
The fruit of a partnership between TLC and the Mauritian company Alternet, the service will use TLC international network to deliver calls, according to Lindsay Morvan, one of the directors of TLC Mauritius. He is promising calls at "30-50% cheaper" than other networks to European and American destinations. The service will be accessed using pre-paid cards and can also be used on a fixed line. It is seeking the international calling licence first and if it gets this will launch the service this year. The key issue to be examined by ICTA are likely to be the company’s business plan and the interconnect rates offered to incumbent Mauritius Telecom.