Mauritius Telecom (MT) has announced the commercial launch of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) high speed internet networks, offering connectivity at up to 10Mbps in selected areas. The firm has been testing the provision of fibre-optic services to 500 homes in the areas of Quatre-Bornes and Floreal since earlier this year, and it expects to add coverage in Beau-Bassin, Rose-Hill, Candos and Ebene by the end of December, with 17,000 households in its footprint by that date. In 2014 FTTH will be extended to Forest-Side, Plaine-Verte, Pailles, Port-Louis and Triolet, with island-wide coverage planned for 2020. MT expects to invest around MUR5.5 billion (USD161.5 million) on the fibre project over the next five years. A 10Mbps FTTH connection will cost subscribers MUR949 a month.