Cloud transformation and new revenue streams with Mauritius Telecom


At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024, we caught up with the Mauritius Telecom executive team to discuss their ongoing cloud transformation process

Mauritius Telecom has been on a cloud transformation journey for over a decade now, having first introduced cloud services as early as 2010. Since then, the company has continued to scale up its operations, using its cloud infrastructure as a source of new revenue at a time when traditional telco revenue growth is slowing dramatically.

Th company’s most significant step in this direction came in 2020, when the company’s data centre in Rose Belle was certified as Tier 4, enabling the launch of a public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service platform.

“We are right now in Phase 2.0, which is bundling our bandwidth with our cloud solution,” explained Kapil Reesaul, CEO of Mauritius Telecom. “Our strategy is to move to Phase 3.0, which is going to be in early 2025, by combining artificial intelligence and big data with our cloud solution offering.”

This infrastructure-as-a-service offering has enormous potential, according to Reesaul, who sees major opportunities in the business, consumer, and government sectors.

“The B2B segment, especially SMEs, has a high potential given that government digital strategy will drive them to use more and more IT solutions such as desktop-as-a-service and storage-as-a-service,” he explained. “The consumer and home market is also important, with smart home solutions such as CCTV-as-a-service and the IoT increasing demand.”

Of course, embracing the cloud and services related to it is also a major challenge, one that telcos like Mauritius Telecom cannot face alone.

Yagianath Rosunee, Mauritius Telecom’s CTO, explained how using a variety of partners has paramount to the company’s holistic approach, giving them the additional flexibility they need to reach these varied markets.

“Small partners are more agile than us in the application and in the integration part of the cloud business. So, what we are trying to do is in fact to have a strategy of including small partners so that we can penetrate the market quicker,” explained Rosunee, adding that integrating AI and big data into the company’s cloud solutions would be key for targeting different markets in the future.

“A stronger partner will be the key success factor for the transformation of Mauritius Telecom, for the digital transformation and also for the cloud transformation of Mauritius Telecom.”

You can watch our full interview with Kapil Reesaul, CEO of Mauritius Telecom and Yagianath Rosunee, CTO of Mauritius Telecom, from the link below:

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