At the time that we are writing this post, there were a whopping 4,057,829,072 internet users in the world. Yes, that’s enormous! As we celebrate the International Internet Day, time to have an overview on few statistics for Mauritius.
A brief intro first
While the number of internet users is increasing in Mauritius, it is more difficult for a new Internet Service Provider (ISP) to establish itself on the island.
To date, and according to the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation (MTCI), there are 16 companies offering internet services in Mauritius.
But, you would recognise those who are active in advertising their services, namely, Mauritius Telecom, Emtel and Mahanagar Telephone (Mauritius) LTD aka MTML.
Internet penetration in Mauritius is at 35.5% according to the World Bank. This results from investments made in the infrastructures, even though there is still room for improvement.
Internet Penetration in Mauritius – now a commodity
Internet is now a commodity in Mauritian households. Various reasons led to this situation. Among which are:
- An increase in bandwidth;
- Increase in coverage thanks to the WIFI spots across the island; and
- The rise of smartphones and mobile data usage among the population.
Internet Subscription – A balance between mobile and fixed lines.
According to Statistics Mauritius, from 2016 to 2017, the number of internet subscriptions per 100 inhabitants went up from 86.3 to 98.7 per cent.
Between 2016 and 2017, the number of internet subscriptions increased by 14.5% from 1,090,300 to 1,248,000 (Statistics Mauritius)
On the other hand, mobile internet subscriptions increased by 14.2% going from 875,200 (2016) to 1,022,700 (June-18). This is an indication of mobile usage by Mauritians in various areas including online shopping.
ICT Usage per establishments – Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
Internet led to the digitalisation of various operations in local establishments. Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) is helping organisations and companies, at different levels, provide value through their products & services.
According to the Survey of Employment and Earnings in large establishments, March 2016 and 2017, Secondary and Tertiary sectors were the biggest internet consumers.
Another interesting fact is the growth in orders received and placed over the internet. This is an indication that e-commerce is developing in Mauritius.
About this graph: Covers establishments employing 10 or more persons, and excludes Government Ministries & Departments, Municipalities and District Councils.
- The primary sector: ‘Agriculture, hunting, forestry & fishing” and ‘Mining & quarrying’,
- The secondary sector: ‘Manufacturing’, ‘Electricity. Gas & water supply’ and ‘Construction’
- The Tertiary sector: Trade, hotels & restaurants, transport and all the other service industries
What about the workforce?
The internet is now the backbone of most businesses in Mauritius. This surge in internet usage requires a skilled workforce. However, this is still “an almost 100%” men’s world, with female workforce only at 7,602 in 2017.
The employment in the ICT sector grew from 14,094 in 2013 to 16, 201 in 2017 indicating a growth rate of 15%.
With an increasing number of connections and the widespread of new technologies, the internet can be considered as the backbone to progress and connectivity.
However, progress is still to be made to decrease the generation gap and facilitate adoption. The disbalance in economic sectors is an indication of how digitally advanced we are as a nation.
And, we can clearly see that primary sectors such as agriculture and fishing are still to use the internet as a tool for development. The disbalance in sectors is real when we have a look at the progress made in tertiary sectors.