Mauritian telecoms regulator the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) has approved a 16% cost reduction for incumbent operator Mauritius Telecom’s (MT’s) International Private Lease Circuits (IPLC) on the SAFE submarine fibre-optic cable system, in accordance with Section 31 of the ICT Act 2001 (as amended). The new tariff took effect on 1 January 2014.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the ICTA ordered MT to cut its wholesale tariffs for ADSL and as a result, from 1 December 2011 the carrier also cut the cost of its residential ADSL Home tariffs by between 12% and 46%, and halved access prices on its ADSL Business plans. As a result of the reduction, the cost of the telco’s 256kbps ADSL Home package has come down to MUR349 (USD12.35) per month from MUR399, the 512kbps service was trimmed to MUR699 from MUR759, while the cost of its 1Mbps plan has been cut by 46% to MUR799.
Meanwhile ADSL Business users saw their rates cut by 50%, while call centres and business process outsourcing (BPO) firms benefitted from cuts of between 10% and 46%. MT did not however, cut the cost of its triple-play service, MyT, although in line with its established policy of promoting broadband access through tariff reductions, it reduced IPLC tariffs for business customers by 15% to USD2,975 as of January 2013.