Mauritius

June 03, 2013

Is There Any Scandal?

There are scandals are like the fable of the elephant in the room. They are so huge that nobody sees. Even the parliamentary opposition that runs perpetually with political rats.

Mauritius Telecom and Emtel, the two main mobile operators are engaged these days in a battle to sell tablet computers with great fanfare billboards. If Emtel color displays stating that its products are of the Lenovo brand [China], this is not the case of Mauritius Telecom, some subscribers who believe that products sold are necessarily Made in France, that France Telecom is a shareholder heavyweight body of Edith Cavell Street. And thus, the basis of ignorance or information, whether born or myths remain missing.

What exactly in this case? Mauritius Telecom shelves are imported from the Indian company Pantel, clearly under-produced in China, as Aakash "the world's cheapest tablet". And there is nothing unusual, as most Apple products are "designed in USA", but made in China. The paradox is that the product is manufactured by Emtel the Chinese giant Lenovo, which ate IBM, former U.S. and world No. 1.

Ultimately, a local company Emtel, we sell branded technology, while a great name, France Telecom, Mauritius Telecom dominant partner, we sold off the sub-manufactured ambiguous source. But is probably the price to pay when oligopolies dominate a market?

Meanwhile, Mauritius Telecom remains an albatross chained after "bayanté" [SAJ dixit] France Telecom. He can not venture into Africa, he wanted to do before the takeover, the market remains the preserve of guardian France Telecom Orange in the franchise. However, many Mauritian firms in various industry sectors have ventured with success so far in Africa and elsewhere: FAIL Madagascar, SKY and CMT in Bangladesh and India, Sun Resorts, NHM and Lux ??* Morocco, La Reunion, Seychelles and Maldives, BAI Madagascar, Malta, Kenya and Mozambique. Besides the sugar companies. Mauritius Telecom, which, once the crown jewel of Mauritian firms, is always in tow.

In Mauritius Similarly, while the authorities want to make the country a regional rotating plate computer, a hub ICT (Information Communication Technology) Maritius Telecom, that controls the main source of cables that connect us to the world, is unable to make available the treasures of the internet for Mauritians at a competitive price.

Orange in Mauritius, 2 Mbps [megabits per second] cost Rs 1649, while Orange France package 200 Mbps, or 100 times faster than Maurice - including 160 TV channels, unlimited calls to landlines more 100 locations, unlimited calls to mobile phones in France and other related services - is sold at 34.9 euros [Rs 1418] for the first 12 months of the subscription, and then 39.9 euros [Rs 1621].

Do you know how gross profits Mauritius Telecom said in 2011? Rs 2.5 billion! And as in previous years. If this is not a scam on the backs of Mauritian subscribers, it looks like it strangely!

Worse! These are not the only individual subscribers who go by the wayside, but the whole country is eaten this sauce there! Slow and expensive connection [to the U.S. Agency ookla, Mauritius is the 131st out of 182 countries in terms of internet connection speed] means that businesses suffer too. To the point where investors prefer other destinations in the Third World instead of moving to Mauritius.

Goodbye jobs, farewell critical mass of digital industry, productivity goodbye, farewell lower costs! It is true that the pseudo-tiger of the Indian Ocean can not be compared to Asian dragons, including Singapore, where the average internet connection is 30.7 Mbps. It can at least emulate the old dying Europe. As explained by the expert Didier Samfat in an interview published in The Challenge More 30 March 2013: "If Mauritius wants to become a center of IT services, they should be recognized at the international level in terms of connectivity [. ..] Mauritius Telecom is both wholesaler and retailer.

Based on this premise, nobody wanted to invest in residential internet. For Mauritius Telecom, increase bandwidth equivalent to increasing its operating costs and reduce margins. It is not in their interest to increase the connection speed. "As a result, as summarized Didier Samfat:" The Internet is still expensive, the connection is slow, sometimes there are network outages. " To wonder how long will this scandal then?

 

 

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