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Oct 14, 2011



InternetSpeedinMauritius

So says the Mauritian minister of ICT, announcing the arrival of a new ISP, Bharat Telecom, which will offer FTTH services at a speed of 10Mbps for Rs 280 per month.

Update: 2Mbps at Rs 280/month - Read more here: BTL is here

 

Informatique – L’Internet à très haut débit à Rs 280 par mois

 

Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, ministre des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC), annonce fièrement que l’opérateur indien de télécommunication, Bharat Ltd, proposera à Maurice une connexion internet à très haut débit à seulement Rs 280 par mois.

Le ministre s’exprimait ce jeudi 13 octobre 2011 lors d’un atelier de travail sur la politique nationale de connexion à très haut débit (Broadband Policy). Cette connexion, déjà annoncée, sera de 10 Mégabits par seconde (Mbit/s) contre actuellement environ 2 Mbits/s. Cela sera possible grâce au projet de Bharat Ltd de câble à fibre optique à domicile, cher au ministre. Ce dernier avait déjà annoncé qu’une partie de l’île Maurice sera connectée grâce à cette technologie d’ici décembre 2011 et le reste pendant l’année 2012. Il confirme ce calendrier.

Pour permettre cette innovation majeure et revoir les tarifs du matériel informatique et de l’accès à internet vers la baisse, le ministère des TIC, le National Computer Board (NCB) et l’Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) organisent des consultations. Celles-ci, avec les partenaires publics et privés, ont pour principal objectif d’établir la politique nationale sur le très haut débit. Dans ce contexte, M. Chedumbrum lance un appel aux technologies novatrices. « Je presse tous les ingénieurs en informatique mauriciens, les chercheurs et les entrepreneurs de repousser les limites des innovations techniques pour que tous les Mauriciens puissent tirer profit des opportunités que la communication peut leur apporter », lance-t-il.

Selon l’ICTA, la feuille de route de la politique nationale sur le très haut débit est constituée de deux premières années de promotion, deux années de supervision et enfin trois années de généralisation. Les objectifs sont de connecter au minimum 60 % des foyers au très haut débit d’ici 2014 avec une connexion à 10 Mbits/s. De plus l’ICTA espère faire du pays un leader régional de l’innovation dans la téléphonie mobile. Enfin les institutions publiques à l’image des écoles et des hôpitaux, entre autres, devront être connectées avec une capacité de 100 Mbits/s.

Bharat Telecom est, depuis le 10 août 2011, titulaire d’une Value Added Services Licence, d’une Internet Service Licence et d’une Networking Services Provider (National), licences délivrées par l’ICTA. L’entreprise  compte proposer des services internet, des services réseaux à valeur ajoutée  comme, entre autres, la télévision via internet, la téléphonie, ainsi que des services réseaux de bande passante aux autres opérateurs et Fournisseurs d’Accès à Internet (FAI). La firme indienne, qui agira comme un opérateur indépendant, investira quelque Rs 220 millions dans le projet de câble à fibre optique à domicile. Bharat est connue pour sa capacité à mettre sur pied cette technologie.

SourceDefiMedia.info & LExpress.mu

 

First impression? 10Mbps… That might just be the local speed. The international speed might be identical to the ones we have. Because currently, the fastest connections offered by MT is the My.T 4Mbps at Rs 3k & ADSL Pro 4Mbps at Rs 15k.

Let’s hope I’m wrong. & if they do launch such a fibre-to-the-home/curb service, let’s hope it’s reasonably capped. We all know what happened to the last Indian telecom operator that came to Mauritius, i.e. MTML. People still refuse to buy their free phones!

So what would Orange do? Another speed hike in December? Even slower & more horrible connection speeds. & absolutely pathetic customer service.
I can testify to that since I had no Internet connection since last Saturday. When I tried the 8902 hotline, it just looped that welcome message. No matter what number I pressed, nothing happened! It took me two days to figure out that you had to first press * & then the number. That was followed by the customer care forcing me through all the usual troubleshooting steps (reboot, reset, remove line, reconnect, blabla) before they forwarded my case to the technicians. & another 2 days passed before they paid a visit to my livebox & as expected, there was nothing wrong with it. The problem was at their own DSLAM. Meanwhile, I went 5 days without Internet.
Long live the CYBERISLAND!

I think it’s time for some healthy competition.

 

Update 15.11.2011

Bharat Telecom Ltd website’s here – btl.mu

About Us

Incorporated in August 2010, Bharat Telecom Ltd is committed to make Mauritius in the league of nations with the most modern digital infrastructure & to provide broadband and IPTV at affordable prices to people. Under the guidance of its leaders BTL has a vision to benefit next generations of island with the future proof technology at home and work.

BTL's mission is to transform the way people think about technology,technology is to open the new windows of opportunities for the society and its coming generations,to solve the complex problems and ultimately coming out from data centres & research papers to reach to your home.

BTL plans to start with an FTTH connection for home users with high speed broadband and IPTV with more than 100 channels [see here] with Chill and Cool feature [see here] and for corporate with 100 mbps VPN connections.

 

SERVICES

Home Users

  • Broadband Internet
  • IPTV, Broadcast channels with all its Interactive features (No need of PC)
  • Video Surveillance and Video Calling
  • VOIP
  • Interactive education and e-commerce

Business Users

  • High speed internet
  • VPNs
  • VOIP

Service Providers

  • Data and Signal carrying High Bandwidth

Source - http://btl.mu/index.html

 

 

Update 15.01.2012

Baljinder Sharma, directeur de Bharat Telecom à Maurice.

In an article that appeared on Defimedia, BTL have confirmed their plans to install FTTH in Mauritius. They will invest around Rs 1 billion in laying down the 200km fibre optic backbone. The project will start as from late January & the first users will be able to subscribe in late March 2012.

The “10 Mbps” at Rs 280 package will now be the cheapest starting package.

Internet à très haut débit pour Rs 280 – Le projet de fibre optique à domicile repoussé

Contrairement à ce que le ministre des Technologies de l’information et de la communication (Tic), Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, avait annoncé, le projet de fibre optique à domicile ne sera pas disponible avant la fin de mars 2012. La formule à Rs 280 sera un package basique.
Bharat Telecom va débuter ses travaux d’installation d’un réseau principal de fibre optique, appelé Backbone, dans l’ensemble du pays à la fin du mois de janvier 2012. Ce réseau comptera 200 kilomètres de câble optique sous terre pour un budget total de Rs 1 milliard. Les travaux dureront trois ans et les premières connexions aux clients auront lieu à la fin du mois de mars 2012, selon Baljinder Sharma, directeur de Bharat Telecom à Maurice.

Il prend ainsi à contre-pied Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, ministre des Technologies de l’information et de la communication (Tic), qui a avancé que les premières connexions débuteraient en décembre 2011. Est-ce que Bharat Telecom a pris du retard ou le ministre a-t-il anticipé le lancement ?

La technologie que Bharat Telecom va proposer à l’île Maurice n’a rien de révolutionnaire. En effet, le concept de fibre optique à domicile ou Fibre To The Home (FTTH) existe déjà dans de nombreux pays. Cette technologie permet un accès à Internet beaucoup plus rapide que celui que nous connaissons actuellement. Cela est possible par la diffusion des données via un câble de fibre optique qui, techniquement, permet des connexions à Internet entre 10 Mégabits par seconde (Mb) et 100 Mb, contre les 4 Mb qui représentent la vitesse maximum disponible à Maurice via les câbles téléphoniques.

« Nous allons proposer au public mauricien une technologie qui est déjà utilisée à Maurice en interne par les grandes entreprises », affirme Baljinder Sharma. Il explique que le concept FTTH n’était pas viable, il y a encore quelques années, en raison des coûts prohibitifs de la fibre optique. Aujourd’hui, la technologie utilisée permet de proposer un concept FTTH rentable. Néanmoins, la formule à Rs 280 par mois, annoncée en grande pompe par Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, sera un package basique.

« Avec le package à Rs 280, nous ne gagnerons pas d’argent », confie Baljinder Sharma. Les consommateurs auront la possibilité de personnaliser leur formule avec différentes chaînes de télévision ou options, et ce sont ces formules qui seront rentables pour Bharat Telecom.

La compagnie a pour objectif de devenir leader sur le marché des connexions Internet d’ici au début de 2015. « Nos produits et services seront supérieurs à ce qui est disponible actuellement », souligne Baljinder Sharma. Bharat Telecom est une filiale de Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), une compagnie indienne.

BSNL, entreprise détenue par le gouvernement indien, constitue l’un des deux géants des télécommunications de la Grande péninsule, avec Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL). BSNL a un chiffre d’affaires annuel d’USD 6,09 milliards (Rs 180,57 milliards). Elle emploie 281 635 personnes et a passé la barre des 90 millions de clients en 2008. L’île Maurice est la première étape de l’expansion de BSNL en Afrique. Ici, la compagnie emploiera à terme 1 000 personnes, dont 200 sont en cours de recrutement. « Nous ferons également travailler plusieurs entreprises mauriciennes en sous-traitance », conclut Baljinder Sharma.

Source – defimedia

 

 

Update 14.03.2012

BTL will be launching their service on Friday 16th 2012 - Internet – Bharat Telecom lance la fibre optique vendredi

Update: 2Mbps at Rs 280/month - Read more here: BTL is here

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Tushal said...

The MTML free phones? LMAO. Who in their right minds will ditch their expensive +10k mobile phones for some peanut outdated phones? I wouldn't. Even though I use over 1k of mobile phone bills. 

And I've stop dreaming. I shall believe the 10MB/s speed when I GET IT. . As long as it's not here, it's all du deja vue. Remember some company was jumping like they will offer 50MBPS speed. Well, that jump didn't last long.And concerning the Customer service, it's bunch of useless call centres people with a fat book. Next time, try to get a technician direct number. like I have. I phone them directly. :D And they come at my place on the next day itself. Instead of the crap 3 days waiting.

Inf said...

"Enfin les institutions publiques à l’image des écoles et des hôpitaux,
entre autres, devront être connectées avec une capacité de 100 Mbits/s."

Very interesting. Will that be 10 lines bundled or a dedicated connection? If that's dedicated, there is home that someday, we'll get 100Mbps to the Home! :D

Also, there may be a catch. Rs. 280 sounds too good to be true. I'm thinking it'll be capped at something like 10GB, so you get Youtube etc but you cannot abuse.

There's also the possibility that high-bandwidth applications will be blocked, so torrents etc might be blocked.

Just guessing, so hopefully that will not be so. Let's wait and see. It's good incentive for Orange to start innovating and bringing high-quality service now.

I bet Outremer Telecom must not be very happy! :D

carrotmadman6 said...

Outremer Telecom! Haha! I forgot that one as well bit the dust... :p

Yashvin Awootar said...

Rs280 par mois? For what? the hardware? Connection fee? and the monthly subscription? Download limit? How will be the CC? (Hope not like that of nomad. Remember, they had cheap packages too).


There are so many more questions. This 'Rs280/month' thing is like a dream which will always remain one. 

Neelesh Ramputh said...

There will be a huge cost for hardware and installation. nothing comes for free.

Thus only few will be able to afford it.

Jens said...

I think the  Rs 280 is maybe the international connectivity cost.
I thought that it would be orange who would provide the fibre optic connection . Damn, if they don't do an increase double, i would surely change ISP if bharat telecom has no FUP or capped packages.

Btw some indians ISP are known to block torrents, filehosts like fileserve, hotfile etc..

Mike said...

There are many unanswered questions on the technical provisions as well as on the track record of the company. I fear we maybe in for a disappointment again. The only positive note I can see at the moment is that it may incite the other ISPs to enhance their own services i.e. be more competitive.

carrotmadman6 said...

@Everyone I think that FTTH, with a fibre connection to every home, is certainly not very feasible. What they might do is FTTC, with their own cabinets, but then using MT's copper network to deliver it. Which means it won't come cheap...

Clodio said...

AFAIK, FTTH plans currently offered in India by BSNL are either capped or unlimited, with the latter of course largely unaffordable.
Check out the figures here:
http://www.bsnl.co.in/service/bb_ftth.htm

carrotmadman6 said...

Thanks for sharing.

Mailwe2000 said...

How do service-provider engineers get to apply to Bharat Telecoms??? 

Djixentertainment said...

First question in mind:- WILL THE 10 MBPS BE UNLIMITED?????? That's the question. If so, be sure i will be the first to booked the subscription.

Clodio said...

The supported bandwidth for sure is expected to be around 10Mbps (sufficient for HD content, etc) but nothing as such as the DL/UL speeds have been communicated as of now.

Do not be surprised if your UL rate exceeds your DL rate by the ratio 5:1 once it's rolled out. This is all too common and normal in India :D

Gavin said...

10mbps for 280rs? my ass yeh. theres no way this will happen. bharat pas garde gouvernement maurice li. li si li ena pou pay tax. sinon ene tah ggt ISP ti pou ouver dan maurice. ive already read this article on the news paper, and am pretty sure its pure bullshit.

Jens said...

Yesterday i noticed that the local speed has been doubled (or maybe a little more) after a speed test
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1562513072.png
i'm using myT...
Perhaps a speed double awaits us in December!

carrotmadman6 said...

Yeah, I had noticed that since some time. YouTube downloads at 500KB/s! :)

Ashfaq said...

That's all great .. but what about outremer telecom ?? I am sure the competition will open up now . But hey .. even at Rs500 .. I suppose most of us would still swap to Bharat if the deal is worth it :)

Leganou said...

Hi..Rs220millions is a lot but it won't help to cover more than 200m along a single road if we go according to our dearest Ministers.. Ha Ha seriously dude!

TL said...

i think they forgot to mention the subscription fee of Rs60k, renewable yearly

Clodio34534 said...

Surely my 512K ADSL offer should be a thing of the past soon, if ever MT (our 'favourite' copper-line ISP) decides to ditch this plan and move everyone freely to MyT (which still appears very improbable).
www.speedtest.net/result/1576696487.png

As for why the Youtube DL speeds are hitting a new ceiling, I think MT's planning to roll out a new plan by the end of the year, given huge possibilities with ADSL2+

carrotmadman6 said...

Yes, they are up to something. The old ADSL 1Mbps offer has just surfaced out of nowhere at Rs 899 - http://orange.mu/internet/adsl.php

Clodio said...

Thanks! Am wondering why Orange discreetly release this one...
Btw, I presume it should be a 1024/384 Kbps offer priced at Rs 899 (roughly $30), which is quite fair to me, but I'd rather wait for what's really cooking on the MyT side.

Devildinesh said...

10mbps rs 280/months


i ONLY need a PROPER 1M connection and im ready to pay it at rs1k/month!!!

if those people can't deliver a proper 512k connection, i DOUBT 10mpbs and well, even if they makes it, that should be in 10-12 years when others will be much more advanced :/ ... we're living in prehistoric technology :/

Xbox Live Gamer said...

This is because the heat is on them comming from the Competition Commision, they want to change the offers as fast as possible, this is a nice revenge for all of us who waited for this ( I hope anyways ).

Look here:
http://www.gov.mu/portal/sites/ccm/Current_Investigations.htm

I would like to know if any of us here would like to contact the CCM with proofs, screenshots of being cheated by Orange: exagerated bad speeds, latencies etc, like compiling a dossier to send them. This would push for even more a change from the monopoly of Orange / My T. This is an opportunity!

Also sending the dossier to a media / press would help even more.

Too many Mauritians are unaware of all these problems, as long as facebook and msn works all is fine for them... thats sad! Please open up your eyes.

carrotmadman6 said...

@2af0347d7279e671c79d398035d6126a

We've already sent them a document, explaining how MT is abusing its monopoly status (with speed tests & all). They've currently extended the deadline to 18th Nov.

Inf said...

Check the website, under Services I think. Bharat Telecoms want to start with FTTH.

What I don't understand is how they will lay down all this fibre without digging up the whole country. They'll put fibres on electric poles or what?

carrotmadman6 said...

As they are going with FTTH/FTTB, they will have to dig up the whole country. & that's why they are starting with Ebene first, targeting the biggest customers. :)

Tohooloo Ashok Kumar said...

 
over Rs1b investment on road improvement done by government totally fucked by one  company. the government should already have implemented this project but it's not the case!!!!  Optic cables make me LOL!!!! atleast i got some for home deco.

Clodio said...

Well folks, a new dawn is breaking...
For ADSL Home users like myself, it's got to be like a dream...

Here's the new tariffs which will take effect as from December 1:

ADSL Home 256Kbps(3GB limit): From Rs 399 to Rs 350 per month
ADSL Home 512Kbps(unlimited): From Rs 759 to Rs 699 per month
ADSL Home 1Mbps(unlimited): From Rs 799 per month <======

http://www.defimedia.info/live-news/item/1501-internet-les-tarifs-asdl-baissent-de-10-à-50.html

I'm heading to the nearest Orange Shop very soon and ask for an upgrade from my good old 512K to 1Mbps. Big thanks to out IT minister!

Carrotmadman, you can start a new post with all the rants from the MyT subscribers. :)

carrotmadman6 said...

Yes, I was just writing the post on that... :p

Ashdale4 said...

I'm intersted in their IPTV.Are they going to have all English channells?I have been looking for english channel tv,the only availlable is DSTV which is very expensive.Any ideas?

carrotmadman6 said...

They haven't announced anything yet & so far I've heard that the launch has been delayed till January next year.

Naif Sheik Hoossain said...

Whining, whining and whining...
Lets wait and see what is proposed by Bharat Telecom in the coming months.

Why troll and whine saying thats not possible this and that..

Naif Sheik Hoossain said...

btw, the mtml free phones are great for taling and sending text msgs, thats the basic on any phone you wanna buy, you expensive for, well buy expensive emtel or orange sim cards for them

Nicolas said...

orange adsl also have 2mb and 4mb now

matteo said...

Tres bonne question..suis deja dans le domaine de la telecommunication au niveau de l'ADSL..pour moi franchement c'est 1 bonne initiative..mais tous nouveau tous beau faut pas precipiter mauritus telecom va surement s'aligner dessus...le prix est interessant mais on a quoi dans ce prix...ces 10mega c 1 debit montant ou descendant...c 1 debit qui consiste la voix iP, web, telechargement, etc..ou ces sont des services qui vont etes facturees, comme ont disent les couts cachees..faut etre tres vigilant dessus...toute meme il y aura la concurence bientot..meme des operateur francais vont faire le pas a maurice...attendons voir. Merci.

Romeo said...

Bizn konner si Rs 238 unlimited ou soit excess 3G bizin paye 50 sous chak Mb. 

Romeo said...

Hey Matteo, C tres juste C que tu dis, Le gors titre C Rs 280 10 Mb mais le piege on sais pas combien on va payer.  Hahahaha

ahm2304 said...

Bonjour a tous,
Le prix finale c'est 2Mbps pour Rs 280

Inf said...

"Enfin les institutions publiques à l’image des écoles et des hôpitaux,
entre autres, devront être connectées avec une capacité de 100 Mbits/s."

Very interesting. Will that be 10 lines bundled or a dedicated connection? If that's dedicated, there is home that someday, we'll get 100Mbps to the Home! :D

Also, there may be a catch. Rs. 280 sounds too good to be true. I'm thinking it'll be capped at something like 10GB, so you get Youtube etc but you cannot abuse.

There's also the possibility that high-bandwidth applications will be blocked, so torrents etc might be blocked.

Just guessing, so hopefully that will not be so. Let's wait and see. It's good incentive for Orange to start innovating and bringing high-quality service now.

I bet Outremer Telecom must not be very happy! :D

Name said...

Do you know the default login and pass of the zte box, or have a friend who owns one and knows them. Read this: http://assistance.orange.mu/orangemauritius/topics/zte_zxhn_h108n_login_password
No login details work in the above topic.

carrotmadman6 said...

Try admin/password or admin/adslroot.

If it still doesn't work, you can still hard reset the Livebox. All settings will be lost though.

Name said...

None works. Thanks for helping nevertheless.

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