Mattel (great English website), Mauritel Mobiles, and Chinguitel are the three GSM network providers. For three of them, prepaid plans are available. GSM-World can provide further information about coverage and roaming.
Satellite phones are an excellent option for excursions into the desert where there is no GSM network. Thuraya, Iridium, and Inmarsat are among the service providers. Thuraya is usually the cheapest and most straightforward to operate. The equipment may be rented as well.
Internet cafés with DSL internet are available for MRO200-300/h in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. Slower connections afflict “cybercafés” throughout the nation, although email may still be checked.