The truth about broadband and cellular prices in SA

South Africa’s economy is suffering because of a sliding performance when it comes to cellular and broadband prices

By - April 22, 2013
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The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its Global Information Technology Report 2013 on 10 April 2013, showing that South Africa’s ranking on mobile cellular and broadband affordability is at an all-time low.

The Global Information Technology Report 2013 features the latest results of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), offering an overview of the current state of ICT readiness in the world.

South Africa currently ranks at number 117 out of 144 countries when it comes to the affordability of mobile cellular tariffs.

Looking at fixed broadband affordability, South Africa ranked 89th out of the 144 countries in the report.

Broadband and cellular affordability: as bad as it has ever been

The Global Information Technology Reports over the last 5 years shows South Africa is less competitive than it has ever been.

The following graph shows South Africa’s cellular affordability relative to the other countries which formed part of the reports. The graph indicates where South Africa ranked relative to the middle/average country in the report.

Mobile affordability ranking: places from the average

Mobile affordability ranking: places from the average

The situation does not look much better when looking at fixed broadband affordability. The graph – which again shows where South Africa ranked relative to the median middle/average country in the report – illustrates that South Africa’s ranking has plummeted over the last three years.

Fixed broadband affordability ranking: places from the average

Fixed broadband affordability ranking: places from the average

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