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Mauritius’ ICT sector accounts for 4.8% of total employment in 2015

Mauritius’ ICT sector accounts for 4.8% of total employment in 2015

Mobile internet subscription in Mauritius rose by 209% over a four-year period to 549,000 subscriptions and accounted for 74.7% of total internet subscriptions, while broadband internet subscription was most favoured by internet subscribers, powering ICT growth of 6.6% in 2014.(Image:mtci.govmu.org)

ICT access improved in Mauritius between 2013 and 2014 with rise in cell phone and internet  subscription, together with higher numbers of subscribers for fixed telephone.

This was brought to light by Statistics Mauritius, which released figures pertaining to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector on the island economy for 2014.

With increase in number of internet subscribers, there was also an increase in internet service providers by a whopping 55.6% over the four-year period from 2010 to 2014, when the number of providers rose from 9 to 14.

Mobile internet subscription increased by 209% over a four-year period to 549,000 subscriptions and accounted for 74.7% of total internet subscriptions. Besides, in terms of type of access, broadband internet subscription was most popular among internet subscribers.

In 2014, 92.2% of households enjoyed access to cellular mobile telephones – higher than fixed telephone for which corresponding figures stood at 71.6%. Also, a majority (52.0%) of households have internet access, which represents a significant rise from 39.2% in 2012.

As for IT literacy levels, people in the 12-29 age group are more prone to be IT literate. Figures also revealed that 7.9% of tertiary students are enrolled for an ICT dominated field at the tertiary level.

It is to be noted that ICT usage in education has also increased to 56% in primary schools having internet access, and 97.0% is the pertinent figure for secondary school students.

Accordingly, employment in the ICT sector is on the rise, with 4.8% of total employment in Mauritius hailing from the ICT sector in 2014, compared to 4.2% in 2010.

Meanwhile, import of ICT goods and services rose considerably to Rs 19.4 billion in 2014, compared to Rs 8.0 billion in 2010. On the exports side, ICT  goods and services accounted for 7.6% of total sales overseas in 2014 by the island economy, for an amount of Rs 15.1 billion.

Finally, the ICT development index for 2014 shows that Mauritius ranked at 70th place in 2013, placing it well above South Africa and India, which secured 90th and 129th rank respectively, while Denmark won first place globally.

On the ICT quality parameter, it was noted that the international internet bandwidth per inhabitant increased from 9,462 to 13,535 bits per second from 2013 to 2014.

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