At a time when its competitors are promoting their use of the optical fibre, Emtel has decided to provide an alternative. It has thus launched the Airbox project yesterday, 16th of June.
The Airbox entails a fixed broadband internet connection. Emtel has opted for a Slovenian technology known as Fiber Through The Air (FTTA). 5 transmitting stations as well as receiving antennas on the roofs of clients have been set up. The internet connection is transmitted via radio waves.
The Chief Executive Officer of Emtel, Shyam Roy, has explained that while the optical fibre constitutes a number of advantages, they had to find a way that is less time-consuming to provide high-speed internet.
66 % of Mauritian households are now eligible for the service, according to the company. The rest of them will have access to it after a second phase of the project has been launched at the beginning of 2016. The area covered by the Airbox currently includes Plaines-Wilhems and the north-west of Mauritius, from Albion to Goodlands, and Port-Louis and St-Pierre. Rodrigues does not yet benefit of the service.
The quality of the connection will vary though, as per the topography of the region. Prior to new installations, tests have to be done because of this; the installation lasts for some hours.
The Airbox service consists of internet connection of unlimited capacity, a fixed telephone line, free calls, and an e-mail messaging option. Three packages are available according to the speed:
- 10 Mbps at Rs 934 per month
- 20 Mbps at Rs 1 284 per month
- 30 Mbps at Rs 1 784 per month