Surf’s up: 114 Wi-Fi access points for Mauritius soon
To ensure the widest possible coverage, most of the terminals will be set up in public beaches, private schools, post offices and shopping centers. (Image: LUGM)
For generation Y, being connected to the Internet constantly and speedily is the need of the hour, and for Mauritians, this need for speed is soon about to be realized.
As many as 114 Wi-Fi access points will be installed in Mauritius and Rodrigues, the cabinet declared on Friday. To ensure the widest possible coverage, emphasis will be on private schools, post offices, shopping centers and public beaches.
High footfall areas like Bagatelle, Jumbo Riche Terre and Phoenix, La Croisette and Caudan, Cyber Tower 1 at Ebony, Idrice Goomany center, the village of L’Escalier, Jeetoo hospital and so on have been prioritized for the terminals.
The cabinet also indicated that private companies are involved in this project.
Last month, Minister of Technology and Communication for Mauritius, Tassarajen Chedumbrum Pillay, had noted that the proposed installation of Wi-Fi in bus stations and public gardens is part of government policy to offer the Internet to the public.
The government’s goal is to encourage competition in this sector such that rates for the internet and speed of connectivity improve in response to market forces, he added.
He also underscored the government’s decision to connect as many as 50,000 homes in the fiber in this direction.
Pillay emphasized that the speed of internet connections may be expected to improve with the use of fiber optics. The use of optical fibers and the development taking place in this sector will encourage Internet service providers to offer preferential rates in the future, he noted.
Moreover, during the presentation of the 2014 budget, Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval had announced that students from Forms IV and V will be entitled to a touch pad from next year.
In addition, under Budget 2014, Rs 243 million has been allocated for the purchase of digital tablets to college students who come into Form IV in 2014. The tender for these tablets will be out in January 2014.