"If there's anyone who can do it, it's us," said Rizwan Rahim, the head of ADB Networks, the company installing the wireless radio network across the 40-mile-long island. "It's a small place, so for a wireless network it's manageable. For us, it's a test. If it's successful here, we can island-hop to [mainland] Africa."
Seeking alternatives for its failing sugar production and textile manufacturing industries, the nation is now looking to the Internet to help it out. Mauritius plans to develop itself into a high-tech computer and telecommunications center - a true Cyber-Island.
"It's the future," said Satyam Gutty, a taxi driver in Port Louis whose daughter just graduated with a university degree in information technology. "It's a big chance for Mauritius."