TECH SUPPLIER Jun 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # META45202319

The Impact of Increasing Communication Reach in Rural South Africa

By: Sabelo DlaminiSenior Research and Consulting Manager, Mervin MiemoukandaSenior Research Analyst

Abstract

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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