How do South Africans connect to the Internet?

In this article, an African blogger writes about how South Africans connect to the internet, citing recent statistics on internet users in South Africa and his opinion on internet connectivity in Africa.

This article is actually a blog post originally published on AfricansConnect, a social networking site for Africans and friends of Africa; and is being republished here on InformAfrica by the blogger. To send your article or blog post for publishing, send an inquiry to contribute[at]informafrica.com.

By Chido from AfricansConnect blog

I read an article on MyBroadband.co.za on how South Africans connect to the internet and thought I’d share the info with other Africans on the African social networking site and hopefully engage in discussions.

How do South Africans connect to the Internet?
Statistics reveals that 37% of internet users in South Africa make use of mobile/cellular networks while 24% use Wi-Fi hotspots.

We all know that internet connection is like a crisis in Africa till date, which is why majority are using mobile data services as a reliable internet connection instead of broadband.

Anyways, MyBroadband.co.za reports that a November 2011 South African Internet user demographics reveal that ADSL remains the main connectivity method for South Africans to access to the Internet.

Some may wonder, what is ADSL? ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is a type of DSL broadband communications technology used for connection to the Internet.

The following on the report was culled from MyBroadband.co.za:

The DMMA and Effective Measure’s November 2011 South African Internet user demographics reveal that ADSL remains the main connectivity method for South Africans to access to the Internet.

According to the statistics, which are based on 114,492 surveys of South African Internet users over the last month, 53% of South Africans use ADSL to access the Internet.

The statistics further reveal that 37% of Internet users make use of mobile/cellular networks while 24% use Wi-Fi hotspots.

Some Internet users use multiple connection types (like ADSL and HSPA) to connect to the Internet at various locations which means that the total percentage of connections will add up to well above 100%.

These statistics substantiate World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck’s research which shows that a single ADSL line typically connects multiple users to the Internet in the small and medium size business environment.

Goldstuck further pointed out that a high proportion of ADSL users also have 3G as a backup connection and for use away from the office, explaining the ‘higher than 100%’ connectivity percentage.

I believe some african governments are already taking drastic measures to boost internet connectivity in their respective countries, but the progress might not be worth celebrating at this stage.

Since the statistics reveals that 37% of South African internet users make use of mobile and cellular networks to connect to the internet, while 24% use Wi-Fi hotspots; the question of the most reliable internet connection method for Africa is somehow puzzling.

Fellow Africans, especially those in continental Africa, what would you say is the most reliable form of internet connection at the moment?

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Source: AfricansConnect

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