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SAFE cable helps bring down Internet costs

Internet access become cheaper in Mauritius as the dominant operator, Mauritius Telecom, through its Internet provider, Orange, takes advantage of SAFE (South-African Far East) cable.

Orange has submitted new tariff proposals to Mauritius' Information & Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA). If the regulator accepts the proposals, as expected, Internet prices will drop from March in the small independent developing state off the east coast of Madagascar, company sources say.

The new tariff proposals are the direct consequence of the new prices practiced on the SAFE cable since Jan. 1. Operators that use the cable are now able to offer better packages to their local clients.

Depending on the bandwidth and destination, price reductions on the SAFE cable vary from 22% to 36%.

Local Internet operators in Mauritius are also looking at the SEACOM and SEGANET cables, which will connect the country with the rest of the world and are expected to be operational from next year. Local Internet industry expects that they will have a major impact on tariffs.

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