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MAURITIUS

  • "Decision on Spectrum Allocation for Broadband Wireless Access Services in Mauritius," ICTA/DEC/01/2005 (19 May 2005): this deals with the 2.4, 2.5, 3.6, 5 and 40 GHz bands. Interestingly it allocates 2.4 GHz specifically for WLANs, with EIRP "limited to 23 dBm for all existing systems. Operators in this band are to have...until 1st of January 2010... to comply with the 20 dBm eirp limit recommended by ETSI.... New systems on the 2.4 GHz band are to limit their eirp to 20 dBm. The range is not to be limited..." Licenses are required for public service provision. The range 5.150-5.350 GHz is open to WLANs only for indoor use. 5.470-5.725 and 5.725-5.850 GHz are "earmarked" for Broadband Wireless Access but are not yet available, as radars now operate in these bands. Plans for introducing BWA will be decided "shortly." See also ICTA's response to the public consultation on this topic (19 May 2005). ICTA/DEC/01/2005 partly supercedes:
  • "Government Notice No. 97 of 2003: Information and Communication Technologies Licensing and Fees Regulations": separate licenses are needed for frequency use and for radio apparatuses. Issuance fees may be charged for both types of license, as well an annual duration fee, and often an application fee. For low-power devices including R-LANs, the device license is about $35 per node per year, with no frequency, application or issuance fees. But for wireless data infrastructures, the "network spectrum license" fees are far higher, and "data service" provider licenses are even more expensive.
  • "Spectrum Allocation for Broadband Wireless Access Services in Mauritius (A Case Study)" by Jerome Louis, ICTA, 29 September 2005 - prepared for an ITU/BDT/G-REX virtual conference on spectrum management reform.
  • According to Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of Licence-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa by Isabel Neto (June 2004), in Mauritius "unlicensed use is allowed indoors... License fee is exempted for coverage less than 1 Km, power less than 20 dBm, and indoor applications..." License said to be issued automatically, with a max power limit of 10W. No license fee for public hotspots.
  • "South Africa and Mauritius have a tiered regime, having different licensing requirements or fees for different transmitter ranges...." ---"License-Exempt Wireless Policy: Results of an African Survey" by Isabel Neto, Michael L. Best and Sharon E. Gillett, paper presented at ITS-2004.
  • "Mauritius curries favour with the wi-fi crowd" by Nick Farrell, The Inquirer, 20 June 2005: "A little island off the east coast of Africa is planning to become one of the best wi-fi covered countries in the world. Mauritius, where you can find hot beaches, and good curries, is planning to turn itself into one big wireless hot-spot. It is the big idea of ADB Networks. The company is installing the wireless radio network across the 40-mile-long island and is using the island as a dummy run test for the rest of Africa..."
  • "L'internet rapide sans fil gratuit fait son entrée" (Fast and free wireless Internet makes its entry) par Patrick Hilbert, L'Express, 29 March 2004, in French.

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