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ANC’s ambitious broadband goal for 2016

Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim gazetted a new broadband policy for South Africa on Friday, 6 December 2013, promising to connect 50% of the population at 5Mbps.

By 2020 90% of South Africans must have access to 5Mbps, while 50% of the population must enjoy speeds of 100Mbps.

President Jacob Zuma announced during his State of the Nation address that 2015 will mark the beginning of the first phase of the South African government’s broadband roll-out initiative.

Telkom has been designated as the lead agency to assist with the roll-out. The initial phase of the government’s broadband roll-out will encompass offices in 8 rural municipalities.

While this is a start, it will not do much to help the government to achieve its lofty goal of having half of South Africans connect to the Internet at 5Mbps in 2016.

Akamai’s Q3 2015 State of the Internet report shows that on 22% of Internet users in South Africa connect at speeds of 4Mbps or higher.

South Africa was also the only one of the surveyed EMEA countries to see a decline in 4 Mbps broadband adoption decline on a year-over-year basis, as its adoption rate dropped 5.2%.

While this is bad, it is even worse when you consider that only a small percentage of South Africans have access to the Internet.

This means that only 22% of the people who are lucky enough to access the Internet have speeds of higher than 4Mbps.

The following table shows just how poorly South Africa compares when looking at 4 Mbps broadband adoption in the EMEA region.

4 Mbps Broadband Adoption by EMEA Country

4 Mbps Broadband Adoption by EMEA Country

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