Highlights - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) statistics, 2015
Between 2014 and 2015, ICT access improved in the country as indicated by the following:
number of mobile cellular phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants from 130.9 to 139.5;
number of internet subscriptions per 100 inhabitants from 58.3 to 66.6; and
number of fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants from 29.5 to 30.1.
The international internet bandwidth per inhabitant increased from 13,535 in 2014 to 16,870 bits per second in 2015.
Trade in ICT goods increased from 2014 to 2015 as follows:
Imports by 4.4% from Rs 16,677 million to Rs 17,412 million; and
Exports, including re-exports by 16.6% from Rs 9,541 million to R 11,123 million.
Increases in both imports and exports of ICT goods are mainly due to higher imports and exports (including re-exports) of Cellular Mobile phones.
Trade in ICT services from 2014 to 2015 were as follows:
Imports increased by 25.7% from Rs 2,324 million to Rs 2,921 million; while
Exports decreased by 7.8% from Rs 5,880 million to Rs 5,423 million.
Contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
The ICT sector comprises manufacturing activities, telecommunications services, wholesale and retail trade, and other activities such as call centres, software development and website development and hosting, multimedia, IT consulting and disaster recovery. The value added of ICT sector rose by 5.4% from Rs 19,363 million in 2014 to Rs 20,415 million in 2015. The share of ICT sector in GDP in 2015 was 5.6%, same as in 2014. Around 54% of value added of the ICT sector in 2015 was generated by activities of telecommunications, 15% by wholesale and retail trade and 31% by the remaining activities such as manufacturing, call centres, software development and website development.
Employment in large establishments (employing 10 or more persons) operating in ICT sector increased by 1.8% from 14,747 in 2014 to 15,006 in 2015.
ICT Development Index (IDI)
The ICT Development Index (IDI) of the country, which ranges from 0 (lowest ICT development) to 10 (highest ICT development) improved from 5.66 in 2014 to 5.99 in 2015. In 2014, according to the International Telecommunication Union, among 167 countries, Mauritius ranked 73rd while Republic of Korea, with an IDI of 8.93, ranked first. It is to be noted that Mauritius ranked highest among African countries.