ICTA offers ISPs chance to bid for low-cost internet services

22 Nov 2012

Mauritius’ industry regulator the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) has reportedly launched a tender aimed at improving internet access by offering licensed internet service providers (ISPs) the chance to offer low-cost broadband services under the country’s Universal Service Fund (USF). Telecompaper claims that the ICTA – in a bid to narrow the digital divide – has published the terms of bidding for ISPs which stipulates that they must offer a minimum 256kbps connection, 2GB (capped) of downloads for no more than MUR200 (USD6.2) per month. The watchdog plans to assess any bids received with a view to issuing licences to successful companies ahead of a planned launch of the new services by 1 January 2013. The deadline for bids is 11 December.