RE: Internet-related problems affecting small businesses

From: S Moonesamy <>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:51:25 -0700

Dear Mr Pandoo,

I would like to thank you and the ICT Advisory Council for the
reply. The small business in Mauritius I am familiar with have
around five persons working in the company. Most of the employees
rely on a computer system for their work, e.g. for Customer
Relationship Management.

Some employees require remote access to their company's network, e.g.
the employee is at a customer's premises, the employee is working
from home. Remote access may also be required by a which company
which is providing technical support. I usually recommend that the
company uses a static IP address for its network so that adequate
security measures can be implemented to control access to the system.

I recently asked an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Mauritius
about the cost of an ADSL business connection with a static IP
address. As the ISP did not have such an offer it recommended an
offer for an alternative offer which included static IP
addresses. The cost of a 30 Mbps Internet connection was Rs
144,300. I was curious about the amount a small business in the
United States would be charged for Internet access. The advertised
price [1][2] for a 50 Mbps connection at two ISPs were Rs 4,009 and
Rs 3,646. The advertised price in Mauritius is, in comparison, 36
times more expensive.

S. Moonesamy

Received on Mon Oct 17 2016 - 16:57:32 PST

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