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 wallsor ceilings.
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.
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