Mauritius-based Bharat Telecom Limited (BTL) is reportedly planning to launch triple-play services – including fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), free-to-air (FTA) TV and IPTV – in Rwanda by March 2016, NexTVame reports. Chief operating officer Kaylash Ramtohul was cited as saying that Bharat Telecom has been awarded all the necessary licences after meeting the regulator’s requirements, with plans to launch its multi-play services in the next six months. Ramtohul added that BTL is also conducting feasibility studies in order to launch triple-play services to other Africans countries, namely Uganda, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.
TeleGeography notes that BTL was incorporated in August 2010 as a joint venture between Mauritian and Indian investors. It launched commercial fibre-based services on 1 October 2012 in selected areas of Quatre-Bornes under the ‘Bees’ brand, after the company obtained the necessary tariff approvals from the regulator. As of September 2015 its FTTH network covered Quatre-Bornes, Curepipe, Beau Bassin/Rose Hill, Vacoas/Phoenix and Mahebourg/Plaine Magnien, with plans to offer nationwide coverage by 2016.