MAURITIUS POST TO LAUNCH AN ISP: MAURIPOST.NET
Mauritius Post wants to become the third ISP on the island with the launch of Mauripost.net. It will start in November of this year but have a full launch in January 2004. It says that a good part of the equipment it needs is in place and that technicians are currently activating it. Tariffs have not yet been set because it has to sort out its interconnection agreements with the incumbent telco, Mauritius Telecom.
SIL and Mauritius Post are equal shareholders in the venture. With a launch capital of Rs16 million, the company wants to move quickly and says that it will offer: "several types of services at competitive prices." SIL will handle the technical side of the operation, whilst Mauritius Post looks after the marketing and promotion.
In parallel, Mauritius Post is equipping 24 of its post offices with cyber-café access which will be operational by October this year: "Our goal is to democratise access to the internet at the best possible price".