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Four charts from South African gov’t broadband presentation

November 10, 2012  »  BroadbandNo Comment

South Africa’s Department of Communications has released an extremely thorough report on the state of broadband. The document is intended to facilitate the creation of a national broadband policy. With comprehensive framework, the hope is that South Africa can become a “global leader in harnessing ICTs for socio-economic development.”

Much of the 44-page presentation is in bullet point form, but four compelling graphs are mixed in as background information:

 

As of March 2012, there were around 3.5 million broadband connections in South Africa, with around 850,000 of these being ADSL (26%), over 2.5 million being 3G/HSPA (69%). 93% of households had mobile phones in 2011, but only 15% had fixed lines, and 10% had broadband internet access.

PC Broadband connections 2004 –2012

PC Broadband connections 2004 – 2012

 

Most public facilities are connected to the Internet. Still more than one-quarter of schools do not have broadband coverage.

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National level view of facilities outside combined broadband coverage

 

There are several hundred broadband packages in the market. Prices vary tremendously, but most speeds are under 1.5 Mbps.

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Spread of broadband services in RSAby broadband tier

 

National broadband coverage is near 30% geographic coverage and 75% population coverage.

Combined broadband coverage mid-2012

Combined broadband coverage mid-2012

Source: “Broadband Presentation: Making South Africa a Global Leader in Harnessing ICTs for Socio-economic Development,” South Africa Department of Communications, Nov 6, 2012. {TechCentral}