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November 15, 2013

Decline in Price of Bandwidth: Internet Tariffs Could Fall by 7%-8%

The operators of the ICT sector are unanimous in saying that the 16% decline in rates IPLC is a good thing. This could bring down Internet rates from 7% to 8%.

Xavier-Luc Duval, Minister of Finance announced in his budget that rates for International Private Lease Circuits' (CSPI) will decrease from 16% in January 2014. Clearly, the bandwidth purchased by Internet providers will be cheaper at the beginning of next year. As a reminder, the IPLC prices have declined by 15% in January, following the 2013 Budget.

The ICT sector operators welcome this measure. Ganesh Ramalingum, President of Data Communications Ltd. (DCL), which provides access to the Internet 'Alice', believes that this budget measure could draw the connection charges down between 7% and 8%. "It becomes a tradition to decrease each year rates HPLC. This is a good thing for economic operators and individuals alike. It should be understood that the rates charged to customers will not fall by 16%. We have not yet calculated the exact impact, we must leans over before giving a precise rate, "he said.

For his part, Charles Cartier, Vice President of OTAM in expecting more. "The 16% drop rates IPLC is good news, but it is still expensive. We hope alignment with our competitors. Moreover, the image of what is happening in the United States and Europe, where the Federal Reserve (FED) and the European Central Bank cut interest rates, as exporters, we want an advantageous monetary policy , "he says.

This is an unbundling of networks had hoped for his part Ganesh Ramalingum to actually see lower rates of internet in Mauritius. This is the opening of the cable networks of copper and fiber optic those operators to their competitors. However, on June 14, Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, Minister of ICT, has implemented a three-year moratorium telecom operators who currently deploy their fiber networks.

During this period, they will benefit from the exclusive use of the infrastructure. In addition, the president of DLC adds that the network cable copper Mauritius Telecom should be open to other operators, since it was installed in his majority government. This would, according to him, to have more competition in the market for broadband internet connections.

 

Text by Patrice Donzelot, Defi Media
 

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