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SEYCHELLES

  • "Fixed Broadband Wireless Access," by Dr. George Ah-Thew (telecom director in the office of the Seychelles' president) presented at the ITU/ICTP Workshop on New Radiocommunication Technologies for ICT in Developing Countries (African Region), 17 - 21 May 2004, Trieste, Italy: One of the Seychelles' two ISPs has a nationwide license for the 2.4 GHz band authorising up to 4 watts for point-to-multipoint Internet access. Meanwhile, others can use the band for WLANs at 100mW or less without a license. However, the lower part of the 2.4 GHz band is unusable because of RUTEL's satellite data/VoIP network. The 5.725 - 5.825 GHz band is licensed to both ISPs with a power limit of 200W; use of that band at 25mW or less is license exempt.
  • According to Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of Licence-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa by Isabel Neto (June 2004), the 2.4 GHz band in Seychelles is licensed and provides "national coverage for...Wireless Internet Access."
  • "Connectivity in the Indian Ocean region" by Dev Sunnasy - a report in French to a meeting of National Working Groups in COMESA's Regional ICT Support Programme (Mauritius, 5-7 October 2006) - notes that the "installation of high-bandwidth networks to the Seychelles' interior is not very complicated, considering the short distance and small area. In fact, for the 20,000 families [living on the main island], Seychelles are not badly equipped... Cable & Wireless, the incumbent operator, is proposing [to build] wireless networks (2.4Ghz and 5.8 Ghz)... The islands Praslin and Digue are also covered in wireless..." Meanwhile, Ashok B. Radhakissoon's report on ICT policy within the region mentioned that "Seychelles has no autonomous or independent regulator, with the regulatory functions resting with the Department of Information Technology and Communications."

Africa - Regional Overview