Wireless Internet Growth In South Africa
Wireless internet in South Africa is booming, with a wide range of options available and incredible
speeds for both home and business users.
Wi-Fi usage is increasing at a rapid rate – as it is becoming the preferred way to connect to the
internet, ahead of 4G and 3G or other wired options.
At the current rate, it is predicted that the number of Wi-Fi hotspots will increase to 5.8 million this
year, having stood at around 1.3 million in 2011.
Wireless internet first emerged in South Africa in 2004 – with the likes of Sentech, iBurst and
Vodacom offering products at the time.
Today, the product is shaping the future and is changing the way people live and work across Africa
and the world.
The use of wireless internet has woven into everyday life so much, that it is easy to take it for
granted at times.
Travellers walk into hotels and immediately gain access to the internet, while setting up an office
space has changed dramatically – with no more need to lay cable or deal with messy wires from walls
This not only makes the workspace less cluttered, but it allows seamless movement between
workstations and meeting areas.
Wi-Fi is also more affordable than mobile broadband – while the increased popularity in using
wireless ISP’s will also go a long way in decreasing congestion on mobile networks.
All of this information points to the fact that South Africa is in a wireless revolution, and despite the
fact that incredible growth has been witnessed over the last few years, the surge in going wireless is
expected to increase even further in years to come.