The Information Communication and Technologies Authority (ICTA) in Mauritius has brought new regulations concerning technological devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops. Prior to bringing these devices to the country, permission from the ICTA is required. This restriction includes buying individual products from abroad. And well, now you will not even be able to buy those cheap (yet good) tablets and mobiles phones on Ebay.
Why such a new rule? Certain technological devices do not respect the radio frequency norms. According to ICTA, many smartphones made in China are not in conformity with the norms defined by the FCC Internatinal. Hence, this limitation imposed by the ICTA will reverse the trend that has been happening.
Another purpose for this new regulation is to curb the grey market. It has been reported that many shop owners buy smartphones from Dubai or Malaysia before these are accessible in Mauritius. Local sellers of such products, who have a certificate of authenticity from the ICTA, should now feel protected from such a menace.
The opinion of Mauritians who often buy online for their personal use differs though.