However, Orange is ahead of its competitors in terms of time, quality and price remaining to be reviewed.
So qu'Emtel had announced with great fanfare on May 29 to do the marketing in July, Orange, internet service provider Mauritius Telecom has commercially launched its mobile internet connection through the network 4G (fourth generation) this Thursday. Orange becomes the first operator in Mauritius to offer 4G to its customers.
Unfortunately, for now, only the downtown Port-Louis, near the Telecom Tower, and the shopping center are covered by Bagatelle 4G Orange Network. "The rest of the island will be covered as and as requested. At this stage it is difficult to determine when other regions will be covered. However, the key 4G automatically connect on 3G + or 3G when the 4G network is unavailable, "says Emmanuel Andre, commercial director of Mauritius Telecom.
Another downside to this innovation, not least, the price of the connection 4G Orange is high for its launch. Indeed, it will cost Rs 7,999 to buy the key that allows the 4G connection. This price is about to fall in the coming months, and could reach Rs 3,000 in about six months. The subscription entry level is a more reasonable price. Indeed, it costs Rs 1,299 per month for a maximum capacity of 5 gigabytes (GB). Moreover, in case of overflow, each megabyte (Mb) will be charged Rs 3.50 extra. Note that there are formulas in prepaid and postpaid but none in unlimited capacity.
Note that the maximum theoretical speed of the connection 4G Orange is 100 Megabytes per second (Mbps). However, as with any Internet connection, this speed is divided by the number of users connected to the same relay. "With heavy traffic, it is technically possible for us to increase the connection speed," said Emmanuel André.
Orange will shortly launch a smartphone compatible with the 4G connection. This should be the case this Thursday at the launch of 4G network, but devices are not yet delivered, due to the shortage of some specific components, according to Emmanuel André. In addition, Orange is already thinking about marketing a "box" compatible with the 4G connection and allowing you to view videos and high definition television (HD) online on a TV.
Note that unlike the launch of the 4G connection Emtel of last May, the Minister of Information technology and communication (ICT), Tassarajen Chedumbrum Pillay, was not present at Mauritius Telecom on Thursday.