MT announced that it will ensure the preservation of its interests while Outsourcing and Telecommunications Association of Mauritius (OTAM) welcomes a likely drop in prices.
Sector companies in Information technology and communication (ICT) that offer international telephony services and data transfer between Mauritius and abroad can now gain access to submarine cable fiber optic without having to buy bandwidth in Mauritius Telecom. These are the nine companies licensed International Long Distance (ILD) issued by the Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) that are involved.
In practice, according to ICTA, since April 12, 2012, ILD companies can connect directly to cable landing stations in Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) and South Africa Far East (SAFE) in the landing stations owned Mauritius Telecom (MT).
On the other hand, the services of "backhaul" , that is to say, the intermediate connections between the core network and other networks that are at the periphery, can now be purchased by these operators in other authorized providers.
ICTA says that this initiative aims to increase competition in this sector and to allow smaller operators into the market, but also to "ensure that no entity can take a dominant position in the market."
For Ganesh Ramalingum, President of Data Communications Ltd. (DCL), one of nine companies ILD, the decision of the ICTA responds to various requests of these companies. It also confirms that greater competition will be in the market for international telephony services and data transfer between Mauritius and abroad. This will possibly result in lower tariffs for these services.
The nine companies that have a License LTD ICTA are City Call Ltd, Data Communications Ltd. (DCL), Equant (Mauritius) Ltd Services, Emtel Ltd, Hot Link Co . Ltd, Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius Ltd (MTML), Mauritius Telecom (MT) Ltd., T@Media.Com and TLC Ltd (Mauritius) Ltd.
The OTAM welcomes
Meanwhile, Outsourcing and Telecommunications Association of Mauritius (OTAM ) welcomes the new. "The OTAM welcomes this development with great satisfaction. The association had made a request to do so since 2010 and in a memorandum sent to the Ministry of Finance before the Budget 2011.
This request was subsequently discussed in a meeting with Finance Minister and his officers in the wake of the preparation of the Budget . Thus, this measure was announced in the Budget. We have always advocated openness and good competition, "said Roshan Seetohul, president of the OTAM.
He adds: "We find that ICTA is taking the lead to implement this measure. Thus, other competent operators will have access to landing stations. This will certainly bring more competition and said competition also said more competitive rates. It is thus aligned with the policy of "Open Access" and that's an encouraging sign for the sector operators, pending further action to minimize the monopoly. "
MT will ensure the preservation of its interest
In MT, Taking note of the decision of the ICTA. "MT had acceded to the request of Emtel to participate in the round of LION2. MT was signed in November 2010 an agreement of co-location with this company for contractually its presence in our Red Earth station.
By its decision, the ICTA urges us to apply the same terms to other operators who request it , provided of course they hold the necessary licenses and that their application meets the rules for managing submarine cables. The decision of the ICTA confirms confidence in the expertise and reliability of MT as operator stations submarine cables, an area where, by its massive investments (SAFE, LION and LION2, EASSy, EIG, WACS) MT has established itself as a key player in these projects, "says one to the Telecom Tower.
Moreover, MT said: "In compliance with the rules of competition, MT will ensure the preservation of its interests economic way to continue to offer its customers the best service possible. "