The Mauritian government is planning to extend the footprint of the nation’s Wi-Fi network by installing 144 additional access points throughout the country, including the island of Rodrigues, local news agency Business Mega reports. According to the article, the new terminals will be placed in private schools, post offices and public beaches, as well as at: Bagatelle, Jumbo Riche Terre and Phoenix, La Croisette and Caudan, Ebony, Idrice Goomany centre, L’Escalier, Jeetoo hospital and Jeetoo airport.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2012 the regulator, ICTA, announced plans to expand the ‘Wi-Fi Mauritius Project’ to 20 new regions across the country. The government-backed scheme offers free Wi-Fi internet connectivity and the expansion is the result of the success of phase one of the project, which delivered services to eleven regions. The first facilities were implemented by the state via the Universal Service Fund (USF) created in 2008, into which domestic telecom operators pay a portion of their monthly income. It is understood that a total of MUR4 billion (USD137 million) has so far been spent on such projects.