No internet connectivity for 37% of emerging South African SMEs

By bne IntelliNews November 2, 2010
No internet connectivity exists for 37% of emerging South African smalland medium enterprise (SME) businesses, the SME Survey 2010 reported. Ofestablished SMEs, 17% also have no connectivity. Principalresearcher Arthur Goldstuck said this significantlyreduces their growth and increases government and telco-operatorobligations get affordable access to the sector. He said the Universal ServicesAgency (USA) should judiciously apply the considerable funds available tofinding a solution, since the telcos contribute tothe agency for direction as to how best to spend it. Clearly, Goldstuck said, connecting the unconnected inunderprivileged areas would be the ideal.

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