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The Internet Café Industry in South Africa Ramon Thomas ramon@netucation.co.za www.netucation.co.za Introduction Background What is an Internet Café? What are the worldwide trends? What is status quo in South Africa? What is an Internet Café?

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The Internet Café Industry in South Africa

Ramon Thomas

ramon@netucation.co.za

www.netucation.co.za


Introduction

  • Background

  • What is an Internet Café?

  • What are the worldwide trends?

  • What is status quo in South Africa?


What is an Internet Café?

  • A café or shop that provides Internet Access to the public at a fee

  • Community access

  • Helps to bridge the “digital divide”


The Internet Café Timeline

  • 1994: Café Cyberia, London

  • 1995: Suba, Chicago & Milky Way, Joburg

  • 1998: Iran, segregated

  • 2000: Irbid, Jordan, 130 on a single street

  • 2004: 20,000 in 171 countries


Taiwan

  • 2001: 700 Internet Cafes

  • 2002: 4,000 due to boom in PC Games

  • Value R2.5 billion!!


India

  • 50,000 Internet Cafes

  • Satyam Infoway set-up 2,000 cybercafés across 67 cities in 3 years

  • Half-million users a month


South Africa

  • 135 Internet Cafes (NETucation)

  • 18 Citizen’s Post Offices (240 sites)

  • 600 PiT

  • 32 Digital Villages (Microsoft)

  • 196 Telecentres


Provincial Breakdown


Franchises & Branches

  • Odyssey Internet Café (10)

  • 3@1 Communications (19)

  • Jetline (10)


Pricing Models

  • Average Hourly Rate = R27

  • Lowest = R6 per hour

  • Highest = R75 per hour


Computers & other Peripherals

  • Average = 9

  • Lowest is 1 or 2

  • Highest is 29 (including laptops)

  • Printers = 1.7

  • Scanners = 1.3


Operating Hours

  • Average = 12

  • 6% operate 24x7

  • 44% closed on Sundays


Bandwidth

  • ADSL

  • MyWireless

  • Diginet

  • ISDN


The Future?

  • Wi-Fi Hotspots

  • Cheaper Internet access

  • Support from ISPA, et al.


Thank You

  • Contact Details:

  • Ramon Thomas

  • ramon@netucation.co.za

  • 082-940-7137


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