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Telecommunication in South Africa

Compared to the European Union, South Africa has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +27, there were a total of 98.06 million connections in 2020. Among them were 95.96 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.6 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, South Africa is back. Around 68% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 2% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 4.76 million webhosts, South Africa is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 855,339 million of these, or about 18 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 54.75 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, South Africa ranked 81st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 39.58 Mbit/second (57th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 25th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, South Africa comes 53rd with a download speed of 52.19 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 87th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in September 2021 from 181 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in South Africa from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in South Africa 2002 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020South Africa
Total
South Africa
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users1.30 m2.20 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines2.10 m3.54 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars95.96 m161.80 %541.96 m121.03 %

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