It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Mauritania

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
There are three operators of a GSM-Network: Mattel (excellent English website), Mauritel Mobiles and Chinguitel . Prepaid plans are available for three of them. Further Information regarding Coverage and Roaming are available from GSM-World . For tours into the desert where no GSM-Network is available satellitephones are a good solution. Thuraya, Iridium or Inmarsat.

dsl internet photo

Photo by lazzarello

Thuraya tends to be the cheapest and the easiest to use. The equipment is also available for rent. Internet caf├ęs with DSL internet can be found in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou for 200-300 UM an hour. Slower connections plauge “cybercafes” elsewhere in the country, but if you are desperate to check your email it is usually possible.

Other tips on staying connected while in Mauritania? Please add your comments and tips.