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Internet access in South Africa



Internet access in South Africa

9 innovative initiatives to promote ‘Internet for all’

This report gives an overview of the Internet access market in South Africa today and of the numerous innovative approaches developed to catch up.

Faced with high data prices, Internet access has failed to deliver its full promises in South Africa. Only 10% of households were connected at home in 2017 while just over half of the population accessed the Internet over mobile.

The report addresses the pricing and affordability issues and describes the main innovative models aiming at promoting ‘Internet for All’ in South Africa.


1. The Internet access market in South Africa today
2. Pricing and affordability of Internet access in South Africa
3. Encouraging innovative models to promote ‘Internet for all’ in South Africa
4. Summary and conclusions
List of tables and figures
Fixed Internet connections in South Africa, 2015-2018
Households with access to the Internet at home in 2017
4G coverage and smartphone penetration in South Africa, 2015-2018
Mobile data traffic, 2015-2018
Mobile prepaid data prices in African countries in USD, 500 MB
Highest differentials between per MB prices of smaller and larger bundles
Market shares of SA MNOs, at year ends
Initiatives based on various principles

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