The Media Guru

May 28, 2013


Well, not close enough…


Hot on the trails of BT, Orange will also be launching their FTTH services in August. Here are the prices. Source – Ravi Seevarajanovich Chinasamy.


Promo Price*
Normal Price
1M 1 Mbps 384 kbps Unlimited Rs 1099
2M 2 Mbps 384 kbps Unlimited Rs 1649
4M 4 Mbps 512 kbps Unlimited Rs 2649
10M (40GB) 10 Mbps 1 Mbps 40 GB Rs 3499 Rs 3749
10M 10 Mbps 1 Mbps Unlimited Rs 5899 Rs 6149
20M (40GB) 20 Mbps 2 Mbps 40 GB Rs 4499 Rs 4749
20M 20 Mbps 2 Mbps Unlimited Rs 7499 Rs 7749


Only available in the following regions: Rose-Hill, B-Bassin, Quatre-Bornes, Belle-Rose, Vacoas, Floreal, Pailles.

All prices include VAT.

*Promotional pricing is valid only for first 6 months of 1 year contract and will then increase by Rs 250 for last 6 months.



As expected, the prices are roughly the same as those of Bees. It is higher because unlike Bees, MyT do offer IPTV channels.




Bees have added to new offers which are roughly the same as their ADSL counterparts - 512k (Rs 599) & 1M (Rs 799).


First thoughts – it's bloody expensive! Sadly, it follows the trend of every high speed connection available in Mauritius. Remember when 1Mbps launched 8 years ago, it was priced around Rs 7500. Several years later, it's now mostly affordable. Due to physical & market constraints, I can predict a similar situation with MyT FTTH – by 2020, the 20Mbps unlimited connection should be affordable to everyone. ;)

As for the caps, 40GB is barely enough for the average user. Let's not forget that with increasing connection speeds, the usage will increase as well. While you may be used to watching 720p YouTube videos on your 1 Mbps, you would want to watch 1080p videos on your 10 Mbps. On 20Mbps though, 40GB will definitely not be enough.
It will also be interesting to see how they are going to account for excess usage – drop the connection speed or charge extra. Among the other details that are still unclear – extra installation costs, fibre box rental costs, no. of channels available, availability in other regions, etc…

Source - Une journée très fibre avec Orange


Well, back to my 512k.

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carrotmadman6 said...

What? You watch 720p vids on your 1mb?
I mostly use the 480 one!

Cyber island is a joke.

carrotmadman6 said...

Nope, I watch 480p on my N7.

If ever I choose HD option, it goes like this:
Watch 30s.
Wait 2 min.
Watch 30s.
& repeat... :(

carrotmadman6 said...

BTL upload speed is 1Mbps.
Noob and expensive offers by Orange.
Had there been an increase in upload speed or decrease in price. I would have subscribed.

carrotmadman6 said...

Capping data usage is the stupidest thing there is in this industry, particularly if they are charging so much for a measly 40GB. The only way those unlimited plans would make sense would if a group of people are willing to share the cost, making it more economical than subscribing to slower individual plans each. The downside would obviously be the unusable upload speed.
I'm also on the 1MB plan and prefer to download 720p versions of vids like reviews and tutorials from Youtube. Otherwise, I just stream at 360p for singing goats vids lol

carrotmadman6 said...

I am reviewing my user requirements for internet connectivity now. Since there are these new offers coming up I have enquired with my present ISP Emtel if they plan anything. The reason I gave is that I would like higher speed and reliability in order to enjoy streaming. Especially as we could think about buying a smart TV. Unfortunately, Emtel does not seem to be following the trend to offer higher speeds. I have been informed that for the coming months there is no plan to bring 4G to my area also it would seem that Wimax offer will stay at max. 2Mbps. So time to shop around and see what will be available.

carrotmadman6 said...

I do sometimes try to watch 720p on my 1MB connection through YouTube. What I do is let it load for about 1hour or 1.5 hours then play it... However sometimes it works... sometimes it does not. :p

carrotmadman6 said...

Théoriquement, BTL devraient effectivement offrir une vitesse de 1Mbps, en pratique, la vitesse réel de téléchargement offerte n'excède pas les 56Ko/s, soit environ du 512kbps.

Je suis actuellement abonné chez eux, donc je suis bien placé pour le savoir ...

Ricardo said...

What you guys talking about lol I have to leave a 480p video to buffer while I go cook a meal, don't let me get started about uploading a video on my internet.

Arnold said...

It's official! Thanks to MT and its very gay-sounding 'La Fibre' offer (what's that mishmash of English and French these days? argghhh), Mauritians would now have the luxury to choose between getting ripped off (oh yes capped offers are making a return) by the new ones or the existing ones. I couldn't stop laughing at their 'internet usage calculator'. We're in 2013, not 2003! Who cares about the size of a mail message anyway?

However, I do feel there will be one big casualty: some of those on the existing 2Mbps MyT package (Rs 1499). They'll be better off with the 10Mbps (capped plain silly at 50GB, but still adequate for some) which would cost them only Rs 949! Can't wait for your new post Carrot!

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