ICTA extends free Wi-Fi coverage to 20 new regions in Mauritius

8 Nov 2012

AgenceEcofin reports that the Mauritian telecoms regulator, the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA), has announced plans to expand the ‘Wi-Fi Mauritius Project’ to 20 new regions across the country. The government-backed scheme offers free Wi-Fi internet connectivity to people living in Mauritius and the expansion is the result of the success of phase one of the project, which delivered services to eleven regions. The first facilities were implemented by the state via the setting up of the Universal Service Fund (USF) created in 2008, which resulted in domestic telecom operators agreeing to pay a portion of their monthly income to support the USF. It is understood that a total of MUR4 billion (USD133.7 million) has so far been spent on such projects.