Category: IT

Orange Mauritius Launches 100Mbps FTTH Connection


That’s it folks! The small island of Mauritius now has 100Mbps Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) available, courtesy of Orange Mauritius while there are other options for business, as you can see in this business broadband deals online. Just in case you missed all the advertising billboards, newspapers and everywhere else. Get high speed internet for your home and business when you contact local internet providers. amazon queen bed sheets

Orange MU 100Mbps FTTH

Granted, it still costs a lot at Rs. 3999 / month, but hey, it’s a start in comparing us with the likes of Europe and South Korea! You get 100Mbps upload and 20Mbps download. If you need an internet connection that’s faster than this, then you should consider switching to a software defined WAN.

Regarding the FUP, if I understood the 100Mbps FAQ correctly, the connection should be unlimited subject to a fair usage policy (FUP) applied but no speed decreases like the 10/20/30 Mbps FTTH offers. This remains to be confirmed though. Drop me a comment if you got more information regarding this, thanks! If you want other options for internet providers, visit and see if they can service your area, and if you have a business learning about employee incentive programs can be useful to keep your business productive.

Congratulations to Orange for the launch and for bringing Mauritius closer to being a real “cyber island”. They also took the opportunity to re-brand their visual identity and logo, which looks quite nice and colourful now:

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P.s. Do check out the User Guide. It’s quite informative.

CanalSat Maurice Launches CanalBox


CanalSat Mauritius has launched its Internet service, known as CanalBox today. The service is a combination of its existing TV offers together with the Internet service, AirBox, that Emtel has recently started offering.

In this article, you’ll find out how the CanalBox compares with the Standalone AirBox offer of Emtel. No comparison with other ISPs etc as you can find this in my previous article on AirBox. The Mauritian Internet market is getting more crowdy!

Without further delays, here it is:

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Emtel Launches Airbox


Emtel is keeping up with innovation and has recently launched Airbox, a high-speed best-effort broadband service, or what the company calls “Fiber Through The Air” (FTTA).

The service comes at the time when Orange is quickly trying to cover the whole island with fiber and Bharat Telecom is trying to do the same thing to the central regions of Mauritius only.

Emtel is the last in and is hoping to be the first out with the most customers with their new service. The race to high-speed Internet for home users has truly begun…

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Emtel’s Data Package Pricing Insanity


Hello readers,

I was recently examining the prices of Emtel’s data packages and found something quite surprising, maybe even funny in a bad way. In short, the prices vary widely and the packages do not make much sense. It’s as if Emtel was a bit cut-off from the reality and how users use data packages. We’ll end this article by comparing what Orange has to offer.

Please bear in mind that I’m not affiliated to Orange Mauritius in any way and I’m just comparing with Orange as Emtel’s main competitor. Also I’m a long-time Emtel user who is saddened by the pricing offered by this company.

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Budget 2015: What’s in for IT



The Mauritius Budget 2015, called “At The Crossroad” has just been presented and I’m taking the opportunity to go over the announced measures this year.

Interestingly, there aren’t as many announcements specifically for IT as with previous budgets. Maybe this is a good thing as most measures tend not to be implemented in the long run after all. Just announcements. Let’s wait and see what happens with this budget.

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As you know by now, the Mauritian Government Portal, formerly located at, will now be found at

Edit: For some reason, is still operational. I have no idea what’s happening. Let’s just consider the points below as theoretical then, if ever the domain name does change.

If you’re not currently aware of the change, you can read this article and if you’re wondering why this change was required, the Mauritian Government refused to be held hostage by an individual. Lol.

Now let’s see, what consequences could such a change have? Surely there cannot be many big changes! It’s just a name after all! Uh huh…

1) Mauritius is now one of the rare countries whose government portal does not end in its associated ccTLD. Singapore (, UK (, India (, South Africa (, Japan (, China (, France ( etc etc… You get the idea. It so happens that the “cyber island” ‘s government portal does not end in .mu. Ouch, straight in the reputation!

2) You have to go through every page of every department of the Mauritian government and change everything on these pages to point to like “Contact Us” pages (which funnily enough list emails in the mailto: format, a treasure for spammers!). I hope a “search and replace” will do the job for them, although verifying the changes might be a little more difficult. When you are done, change every application form (printed or PDF), brochures and posters to use the new addresses if they include references to other documents or literature.

3) Email addresses have changed. It was Now it’s if I’m not mistaken. So? You simply have to change every business card of every government officer to incorporate the new address. Oh and all letterheads too. And a variety of other documents. And every contact details of every ministry, department and parastatal of the Government portal. Then tell your contacts to use the new email address too, once you’re done. Don’t forget to reconfigure every mobile phone, tablet and random devices of users, ministers and the rest to use the new email servers. Remember how the new website cost like Rs. 50 million to develop? Wonder how much this will cost to change all that.

4) You have now broken every search engine link or references to the Government portal… Google and other search engines indexed web pages. It will take them time to rebuild their databases with the new links. This could take anywhere from a days to a few months, given how many pages are accessible from the portal. None of these links would work. So whenever people are using Google to search for government forms or documents, they will see broken links. Other websites that point to URLs will now point to broken links. An SEO nightmare, basically. At least GMB accounts can be managed easily as they use the best software for automatically posting to Google My Business.

5) Your Government / country now looks like an organisation. Who got the bright idea of using a .org TLD?! Was it the cheapest offer available? At least it could have been, which would make more sense, even if it uses the .gov TLD (US-based mainly), if the latter was available for negotiations.

6) Once the domain expires, the owner is free to do whatever it wants with it. Like park ads on it. Or worse, naughty pictures! Basically, the old and respected could now host any kind of content depending on what the new owner fancies!

7) Building on the above point, if a malicious user decides to buy the domain name, they could in theory, intercept emails that are sent to old addresses by redirecting the requests to their own mail servers.

These are the changes I can think of right now and I’m sure there are many more cascading changes that will be happening soon. Keep your eyes open and remember to update your bookmarks!