State-run MTNL has started full-fledged telecom services — basic, mobile and ILD — in Mauritius, with the launch of country-wide mobile services last month, a move which is expected to shore up its topline.
"With the launch of country-wide mobile services, we have now launched all the telecom services — mobile, fixed line (Fixed Wireless Terminal) and International Long Distance in Mauritius, RSP Sinha, CMD, MTNL said.
The company's prepaid mobile services has been named — Mokoze — giving it a local flavour. It has also started post-paid mobile services. MTNL is the second operator in Mauritius. Country-wide mobile services was the last service to be launched by MTNL after it had started the ISD services in June 2005 and thereafter Fixed Wireless services in certain areas, which later covered the entire island.
Even its cellular services had also started on a soft-launch basis on some pockets earlier. But the full-fledged country-wide mobile service was commercially started on December 15.
MTNL was granted licence to offer fixed line, cellular and ILD licences in Mauritius in 2004. Other than Mauritius, MTNL has a presence in Nepal, alongwith partners like Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd and Videsh Sanchar Nigam and a Nepali company in a joint venture called United Telecom, where it is offering WLL CDMA based mobile and ILD services.