The Impact of Increasing Communication Reach in Rural South Africa

The Impact of Increasing Communication Reach in Rural South Africa

This IDC Market Perspective assesses the status of rural connectivity in South Africa and the possible impact of increased connectivity. It takes a view of both the private sector and government initiatives in increasing connectivity in rural areas, outlines missed government targets and mobile operator initiatives, and highlights the gap in addressing internet coverage and affordability for the rural population."While the rural broadband impact in South Africa has been a much talked-about topic, there has been minimal implementation. While rural communities are losing out on the benefits of connectivity, the costs for the country's economy are much higher in terms of fewer jobs and less economic development, a bigger digital divide, poorer education, expanded inequality, and worse healthcare, among many other factors." — Senior Research and Consulting Manager Sabelo Dlamini, IDC South Africa

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New Market Developments and Dynamics
South Africa
Government Initiatives
Private Sector Initiatives
Impact Areas
Social Inclusion and Business Growth
Advice for the Services Provider
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