ChiLi By MTML 4G/LTE Tested!

The 4G/LTE network of ChiLi by MTML is pretty much live in most regions of Mauritius where we tested.

A speedtest performed at https://orange.speedtestcustom.com on Mauritius Telecom Port Louis server yielded the following result which is quite good but lacking compared to Orange by Mauritius Telecom and Emtel. Since the 4G network of ChiLi is very new and therefore should have a very low number of users connected via 4G, we expected that a much higher speed could be attained on a local speedtest.

ChiLi 4G Speedtest

ChiLi by MTML 4G network is using the same band as its competitors, that is, Band 3 (1800) and most probably has the same amount of spectrum at 20Mhz.

Considering that the following speeds were obtained on Orange and Emtel respectively, then, nothing impressive to discuss about ChiLi, but still, ChiLi provides the cheapest data package at an adequate speed, enough for most internet users. ūüėä

Orange 4G Speedtest
Emtel Platinum 4G Speedtest
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The Mystery about ChiLi (MTML) 4G/LTE Network

4G/LTE network is not new to the Mauritian mobile users. The technology has been part of everyone’s daily life since 2012 when 4G was launched by Orange (Mauritius Telecom) and Emtel weeks apart. The initial launch with much fanfare had very very limited coverage. But rapidly, week by week, works were being performed on telecommunications towers to upgrade existing equipment to 4G capable ones and now in 2017, 4G network by both Orange and Emtel are readily available in most regions in Mauritius.

However same cannot be said for Mauritius’s third mobile network operator, ChiLi by MTML. The latter had announced the launch of 4G in May 2015 and since then, absolute silence. Last month, it has been 2 years since the announcement and yet no progress in the deployment of 4G has been made.

During the last quarter of 2017, several tender and RFPs have been issued by the company for the deployment of 4G and acquisition of 4G modems and 4G capable USIMs and as per an article published by defimedia (http://defimedia.info/chili-investit-rs-100-m-pour-etendre-son-reseau-4g), deployment of 4G by ChiLi was supposed to be completed by February 2017. SO, the big question, how is the deployment progressing? In fact, has the deployment even started?

It should be known that deployment of 4G by both Orange and Emtel were performed on a region per region basis and were/are activated upon successful installation and testing. So, why is ChiLi trying to launch full 4G coverage of Mauritius in one go? Is it due to an imminent threat against Emtel’s Airbox and Mauritius Telecom’s my.t with their launch of a competing product since they had an RFP for 4G modems with RJ45 (ethernet) output?

Anyway, we are several months past the expected completion date and no news or announcement has been made regarding the matter…

Now, Mauritius was among the early adopters of 4G in Africa. But now, we are severely lagging behind. So far, no mobile operators have launched 4G+ (LTE Advanced) in Mauritius while across the pond, in Reunion Island, they were very late to the 4G party but they now have 4G+ network. ChiLi is also considered as a very late adopter of 4G, but why did they not deploy 4G+ directly and save equipment cost in the very near future?

Likewise, Emtel could make great use of 4G+ since their Airbox on LTE service is hogging 4G bandwidth from mobile users. The deployment of 4G+ would have helped alleviate the burden of poor speed during peak hours due to its higher capacity. The additional capacity could also be used to launch 20 Mbps and 30 Mbps Airbox on 4G.

The saga does not stop here. No mobile operators in Mauritius currently support VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and it should be noted that the customer supports of both Orange and Emtel do not even know what is VoLTE. At least, Emtel has put a mention on their website that their 4G network does not support VoLTE.

Emtel VoLTE

Without VoLTE, the connection has to fall back to 3G each time a call is made or received and that is not a desired behaviour.

Additionally, Orange requires that at least a weekly mobile data package be activated in order to connect to their 4G network. This is to ensure that you do not mistakenly waste all your money when browsing without a data pack.

To wrap this, Mauritius was the first, but now Mauritius is becoming the last…

Update: ChiLi 4G is now live! https://internetinmauritius.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/chili-by-mtml-4glte-tested/

The Unlimited Mobile Data, Call & SMS plans in Mauritius

Unlimited packs have been very rare in Mauritius. Out of the three mobile operators in Mauritius, ChiLi by MTML has kickstarted the unlimited trend with a launch-spree of several unlimited packs during the last semester of 2016.

With the recent launch of Emtel’s unlimited packs, let’s look at an overview of all the different packages proposed by our local operators, namely Mauritius Telecom (Orange), Emtel, and MTML (ChiLi).

Unlimited Data Packages

Orange Emtel ChiLi
 None  Daily 1GB Unlimited РRs 51  Night Unlimited РRs 56.4
 Monthly 1.25GB Unlimited РRs 299  Weekly 5GB Unlimited РRs 517.5
 Monthly 2GB Unlimited РRs 499
 Monthly 3GB Unlimited РRs 649
 Monthly 25GB Unlimited РRs 949

Unlimited Call Packages

Orange Emtel ChiLi
 Daily РRs 44.85 (Love Pack)  Daily РRs 39  Daily РRs 40.25
 Monthly РRs 479  2 Days РRs 57.5
 Weekly РRs 138

Unlimited SMS Packages

Orange Emtel ChiLi
 None  Daily РRs 5  Daily РRs 46
 Monthly РRs 149

Unlimited COMBO packages (Includes Data, Call & SMS)

Orange Emtel ChiLi
 None  Daily РRs 74  None
 Monthly РRs 995

Note: All prices are VAT inclusive.