MAURITIAN CONSUMER ASSOCIATIONS ATTACK NEW TELEPHONE CHARGES

Telecoms

According to L’Express, Mauritian consumer associations are protesting to the regulator ICTA about the new tariff rises. "This rise is exagerrated. If you calculate it on the former ready reckoner for four minutes, it comes out at a rise of 104%," said Mosadeq Sahebdin of the Institute for Consumer Protection. For Jayen Chellum, Director of the Association of Consumers of Mauritius, the rise is "an aberration".

Costs have also gone up for fixed line subscribers: from Rs75 to Rs90 for domestic subscribers and from Rs210 to Rs225 for companies and these were also criticised as being excessive. Nevertheless the introduction of per second billing drew praise from these organisations.