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.
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.