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  1. The Internet Café Industry in South Africa Ramon Thomas ramon@netucation.co.za www.netucation.co.za

  2. Introduction • Background • What is an Internet Café? • What are the worldwide trends? • What is status quo in South Africa?

  3. 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”

  4. 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

  5. Taiwan • 2001: 700 Internet Cafes • 2002: 4,000 due to boom in PC Games • Value R2.5 billion!!

  6. India • 50,000 Internet Cafes • Satyam Infoway set-up 2,000 cybercafés across 67 cities in 3 years • Half-million users a month

  7. South Africa • 135 Internet Cafes (NETucation) • 18 Citizen’s Post Offices (240 sites) • 600 PiT • 32 Digital Villages (Microsoft) • 196 Telecentres

  8. Provincial Breakdown

  9. Franchises & Branches • Odyssey Internet Café (10) • 3@1 Communications (19) • Jetline (10)

  10. Pricing Models • Average Hourly Rate = R27 • Lowest = R6 per hour • Highest = R75 per hour

  11. Computers & other Peripherals • Average = 9 • Lowest is 1 or 2 • Highest is 29 (including laptops) • Printers = 1.7 • Scanners = 1.3

  12. Operating Hours • Average = 12 • 6% operate 24x7 • 44% closed on Sundays

  13. Bandwidth • ADSL • MyWireless • Diginet • ISDN

  14. The Future? • Wi-Fi Hotspots • Cheaper Internet access • Support from ISPA, et al.

  15. Thank You • Contact Details: • Ramon Thomas • ramon@netucation.co.za • 082-940-7137