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Mauritius Communication


All parts of the island are linked by telegraph, telephone and postal services; as of 2009 there were 379,100 mainline telephones and 1.087 million cellular phones in use.

The state-owned Mauritius Broadcasting Corp. provides radio and television service in French, English, Hindi and Chinese. In 2001, the government established the Independent Broadcast Authority, which is intended to formulate regulations for private broadcast licenses. The members of the group are primarily representatives of government ministries and the chair is appointed by the prime minister. In 2002, there were four AM and nine FM radio stations. There were 13 television stations in 2007. In 2000, there were 379 radios and 268 television sets for every 1,000 people.

Mauritius has several internet service providers like Mauritius Telecom, Nomad, Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius Limited (MTML) & Emtel. Each operator uses a different technology to provide internet access. Nomad makes use of WiMax, MTML uses CDMA 2000 and Emtel uses HSDPA (3.5G). The monopoly is retained by Mauritius Telecom (MT) which provides dial-up & ADSL services over existing telephone lines.


Telephones - main lines in use :
379,100 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular :
1.087 million (2009)

Telephone system :
general assessment: small system with good service
domestic: monopoly over fixed-line services terminated in 2005; fixed-line teledensity roughly 30 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular services launched in 1989 with teledensity in 2009 reaching 85 per 100 persons
international: country code - 230; landing point for the SAFE submarine cable that provides links to Asia and South Africa where it connects to the SAT-3/WASC submarine cable that provides further links to parts of East Africa, and Europe; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean); new microwave link to Reunion; HF radiotelephone links to several countries (2009)

Broadcast media :
the government maintains control over TV broadcasting through the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), which operates 3 analog and 10 digital TV stations; MBC is a shareholder in a local company that operates 2 pay TV stations; the state retains the largest radio broadcast network with multiple stations; several private radio broadcasters have entered the market since 2001; transmissions of at least 2 international broadcasters are available (2007)

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Internet hosts :
36,653 (2010)

Internet users :
290,000 (2009)





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