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Budget 2014 Highlights: ICT/BPO Sector

Date: November 12, 2013
Domain:Economy & Finance; ICT
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - November 12, 2013: The ICT/BPO sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Mauritian economy accounting for 6.4% of GDP and providing employment to 18,800 people.
 
Budget 2014 announces measures geared towards ensuring that the sector stays globally competitive by further reducing the cost of bandwidth, improving connectivity, guaranteeing quality and developing skills.
 
Main measures
 
  • Reduction in the tariffs for International Private Lease Circuits by 16% as from January 2014. This adds up to a total cut of 80% since 2005.
 
  • Connection of an additional 50,000 homes to the fibre cable offering speed of up to 30 Megabytes per second.  Fibre connection will involve an investment of Rs 7 billion by operators over the next 5 years.
 
  • Establishing, between Mauritius and Seychelles, of a cross-connection of the LION and SEAS fibre optic cable systems.
 
  • Internet Service Providers to guarantee quality of Internet to consumers through a minimum service level for a given internet package.  ICTA will monitor adherence and will act against any violation by operators.
 
  •  Setting up of a second Accelerator in 2014 in Port-Louis, after the first one in Ebène.  Accelerator is a state-of-the-art facility    which allows young applications developers to code, grow and become an integral part of the new internet economy.
 
  • Investing Rs 87 million next year to provide free WiFi connectivity in all public and private aided secondary schools.
 
  • Connecting Agalega to internet at an estimated capital cost of Rs 5 million and an annual running cost of Rs 4 million.

Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: infserv@intnet.mu Website: http://gis.gov.mu
 

 

 

 

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