Broadband subs to reach 800,000 by end of year

6 Jul 2007

South African technology consultancy World Wide Worx has published a report which predicts a 3% increase in internet penetration during 2007. This translates to about 3.85 million, or one in twelve South Africans, expecting to have access to the internet, up from 3.73 million last year. The report forecast there would be 800,000 broadband subscribers by the end of this year, nearly four times the end-2006 figure of 220,000, but showed more of an upward migration of current dial-up users than a newly introduced group of internet users. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, incumbent Telkom has a de facto monopoly on broadband provision. Once SNO Neotel becomes involved in catering for the broader market as opposed to just businesses, internet connectivity should increase.

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