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Mauritians to enjoy greater internet access with over 170 free WIFI zones soon

Mauritians to enjoy greater internet access with over 170 free WIFI zones soon

Starting today, the site of the Victoria Bus Terminal in Port Louis will be the first one to benefit from free WIFI. (Image: Marina Hotels)

Mauritius’ ICT sector is taking a huge step forward with the launch of more than 170 free WIFI zones across the island in the days to come.

Starting today, the site of the Victoria Bus Terminal in Port Louis will be the first one to benefit from free WIFI.

The island’s ICT Minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum made this announcement during the logo unveiling ceremony of the Intelligent Mauritius Partnership Programme (IMPP) at Ebène Cyber-city last week.

The IMPP is a programme which aims at converging efforts in collaboration with private sector operators to facilitate the adoption of ICT by a larger number of citizens.

The theme of the logo competition that was organised for the programme was ‘Wireless Internet Fidelity’ (WIFI) and the logo will be used to highlight and brand the IMPP, as well as to generate awareness of free WIFI zones among the citizens.

In his address, Chedumbrum stated that the government is conscious of the importance of knowledge access, which provides powerful means to create wealth and enhances the quality of life for all Mauritians.

He stressed on the fact that access to free broadband Internet across the country will lead to future economic progress and is only possible if the island offers both accessibility and connectivity.

In line with the ICT ministry’s vision to make ICT an important engine of economic growth, Chedumbrum said that the government has set the necessary and required infrastructure in terms of policies and strategies as well as legal framework, to move towards the Intelligent Mauritius concept (I-Mauritius).

According to the Minister, the ICT sector has experienced rapid and constant growth over the last few years and is gradually rising to become an important engine of the economy.

Additionally, the minister pointed out that some 300 foreign companies in 2008 and more than 600 as on date are setting up base in Mauritius, spurring the creation of some 19,000 jobs that Mauritius’ highly educated youth can aspire towards.

About the IMPP initiative:

While helping to bridge the digital divide through an integrated approach, the IMPP will also assist towards shaping the I-Mauritius concept.

ICT technology will act as an essential driver for encouraging innovation and creating economic opportunities for Mauritian citizens, hence several free WIFI zones have been set up around the island.

In addition to the free WIFI zones, the University of Mauritius and the University of Technology have been provided with free WIFI access.

To enable the public to get access to free WIFI, more than 250 computer clubs are already operational and Mauritius Post is providing free Internet facilities.

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