Factors affecting internet and broadband penetration in South African ordinary schools
South Africa Internet Usage, Population, and Broadband Report
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South Africa - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
This has begun to change, supported by the licensing of Neotel as a second fixed-line operator, as also by the involvement of mobile network operators such as Vodacom and Cell C in the fibre market. The landing of international submarine cables since has brought down the cost of international bandwidth dramatically, and so led to lower end-user pricing. An additional cable providing connectivity to India, Brazil and onto the USA will come on stream by the end of Previously, Telkom monopolised access to the only major cable serving the country, and so was able to demand very high access prices but end-user pricing is now a fraction of what it was and will come down further in coming years as bandwidth is increased.
ICASA recorded smartphone subscriptions at This figure needs to be taken in the context that SA's population was estimated at The penetration rate likely reflects that many South Africans have more than one smartphone, while a significant portion of citizens are still reliant on basic or feature phones. ICASA did not publish feature phone penetration rates.