Indian state-run fixed line incumbent Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has launched nationwide mobile services in Mauritius, completing a full portfolio of telecoms services in the country, including local and international fixed line voice telephony, the last of which was introduced in June 2005. ‘With the launch of countrywide mobile services, we have now launched all the telecom services – mobile, fixed line (Fixed Wireless Terminal) and International Long Distance in Mauritius,’ said R S P Sinha, managing director of MTNL. Pre-paid mobile services are being offered under the banner Mokoze, and post-paid services have also been launched, Sinha said.
MTNL was granted licences to offer fixed line, cellular and ILD licences in Mauritius in 2004. It entered the international calls market through its local unit Mahanagar Telephone before adding FWA services in phases to build up its nationwide coverage. Having soft-launched its mobile products during the course of 2006, MTNL – the second mobile operator in the country – inaugurated its nationwide network on 15 December.