GIS - August 22, 2012: The value added of the ICT sector rose by around 12% from Rs 17,036 million in 2010 to Rs 19,004 million in 2011, leading to a 0.3 increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) share, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Mauritius in its August 2012 issue of the Economic Indicators.
Employment in large establishments (employing 10 or more persons) operating in the ICT sector increased by around 2% from 12,826 in 2010 to 13,116 in 2011.
The Mauritian ICT sector comprises ICT-related activities in the following areas: Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Wholesale and Retail Trade, and Business Services such as call centres, software development and website development.
The contribution of the sector to GDP increased from 6.4% in 2010 to 6.7% in 2011. Around 43% of value added of the ICT sector in 2011 was generated by activities of Telecommunications and 11% by Wholesale and Retail Trade.
As reported by Statistics Mauritius, between 2010 and 2011, ICT access improved in the country. Increases were registered in:
• The incoming and outgoing capacity of internet access by 71.3%, that is, from 3,900.0 Megabits per second to 5,806.0 Megabits per second
• The number of internet subscriptions by 30%, that is, from 284,200 to 370,000
• The total number of mobile cellular subscriptions from 1,190,900 to 1,294,100
• The proportion of households with a computer: 37.5% (2011)
• The proportion of households with internet access at home: 27.9% (2011).
Figures also show that the international internet bandwidth increased from 2641.4 to 4505.4 bits per inhabitant.