Internet usage in South Africa grows 25% in 2011.

By bne IntelliNews May 14, 2012
The number of South Africans using the Internet grew 25% y/y to some 8.5 million at the end of 2011 thanks to the increasing usage of Internet over the mobile phone, Sapa news agency reported, quoting a study by research company World Wide Worx and the howzit MSN online portal. The number is projected to increase to more than 10 million people by the end of this year. According to the study, 7.9 million South Africans, or more than 90%, accessed the Internet via their cellphones. It showed also that 2.48 million people did not have access to computers. This means that in the coming years, all services offered online will also have to be offered on cellphones, Justin Zehmke, executive producer of howzit MSN was quoted as saying. Internet penetration in South Africa was close to 20% at the end of last year, compared to an average of 13.5% for the continent.

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