CEB, The New Internet Service Provider?

The Central Electricity Board (CEB) might soon become an Internet Service Provider (ISP). According to l’Express, a team of the CEB is currently working on the file thereof since some weeks now. Orange will thus possibly have a new competitor.

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The new management of the CEB is working in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Services. Their aim is to provide Internet all across Mauritius, and to do so at a lower price.

In the meantime, a study is being performed to determine the steps to be taken for the project. At this moment, they state not being able to reveal their strategy.

As a matter of fact, the CEB already has the resources: optical fibers in sufficient quantity to cover most of the island. The CEB had already included them in high-voltage cables a few years ago. The optical fibers of the CEB are allegedly under-used though; they are only used for remote monitoring, telemetry, and for fax machines; they are also connected to a computer system that controls the networks.

Furthermore, the CEB might associate itself with other ISPs, or it might work on its own.

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