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Mauritian mobile communications market to reach $271m in 2016: Frost & Sullivan

High disposable income and vibrant tourism industry to drive growth

By CBR Staff Writer

Mauritian Mobile Communications Market has earned revenues of $174m in 2009 and is estimated to reach $271m in 2016, backed by high disposable income and vibrant tourism industry, according to new analysis from business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

The research covers technologies including 2G (CDMA/TDMA/GSM), 2.5G (GPRS/EDGE), 3G (CDMA 2000/WCDMA), and 4G (fully IP-based integrated system).

Mervin Miemoukanda, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said: "The submarine cables that are being deployed will mitigate bandwidth shortages witnessed in the country.

"The key drivers of this market are high disposable income, a vibrant tourism industry, the increasing demand for mobile broadband and multimedia, and the diminishing costs of handsets."

The firm said that low levels of Internet and fixed-line penetration rates in Mauritius mean that there are still growth opportunities in the country.

However, the mobile penetration rate was 82% in 2009, showing near saturation in the Mauritian mobile communications market paving way for intense competition among operators to retain their customers and acquire new ones.

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