Mahanagar Telephone (Mauritius) Limited (MTML), the Mauritian mobile unit of India’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), has launched 3G UMTS services using equipment supplied by Chinese vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation, AfricaMoney reports. MTML, which offers services under the Chili banner, is also upgrading its 3G network to 3.5G/HSPA+ technology all across the island in order to provide its subscribers with download speeds of up to 21Mbps. The network is being upgraded with an additional investment of approximately MUR400 million (USD11.36 million), thus taking total investments of MTML in Mauritius to MUR1.5 billion so far. Going forward, the company is planning to upgrade its infrastructure to 4G/LTE technology, while also deploying 100 additional base transceiver stations (BTS) in order to improve coverage.
Commenting on the launch, MTML’s chairman Sanjay Garg said: ‘Over the years, MTML has developed a reputation for breaking new ground in Mauritius’ mobile landscape. We have always strived to provide the latest technology services at the most affordable prices. With the launch of 4G services, MTML will revolutionise the data usage pattern for everyone in the country. MTML is committed to invest more for upgrading its services and the parent company MTNL will provide all necessary support in this.’
In addition, the operator has slashed its roaming tariffs to MUR5 per minute for receiving calls in Europe (including Russia), India, China, Australia and New Zealand, roughly 87% lower than the current roaming charges. Voice calls and outgoing data rates while roaming have also been reduced, by up to 80%.