YES, the price of internet in Mauritius should be maintained at its current price or increased. While many people believe the opposite, I do not. What we need in Mauritius is an increase in speed, and removal of Fair Usage Policy.
Many of you like to compare the current price of internet in Mauritius with other countries, let’s do the comparison.
|MT my.t||Emtel Airbox||Zeop (Reunion)||Telma (Madagascar)||Telkom (South Africa)||BT (United Kingdom)||Singtel (Singapore)|
|Minimum||Rs 499||Rs 934||€29 = Rs 1097||169000 Ar = Rs 1921||R 1188 = Rs 3230||£9.99 = Rs 434||$49.90 = Rs 1257|
|Maximum||Rs 3999||Rs 1784||€100 = Rs 3783||269000 Ar = Rs 3058||R 3198 = 8695||£29.99 = Rs 1305||$189.00 = Rs 4761|
The table above shows the current minimum and maximum price for fixed broadband offered by some companies in the world. And by analysing the values, you can determine that in fact internet prices in Mauritius are cheap.
What we actually need is a proper increase in price together with the removal of fair usage policies. At low speed and low price, the profit margin is unsustainable for growth and infrastructure development. Contention ratio matters less as speed is increased.