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The Internet Café Industry in South Africa Ramon Thomas [email protected] 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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introduction
Introduction
  • Background
  • What is an Internet Café?
  • What are the worldwide trends?
  • What is status quo in South Africa?
what is an internet caf
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 caf timeline
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
Taiwan
  • 2001: 700 Internet Cafes
  • 2002: 4,000 due to boom in PC Games
  • Value R2.5 billion!!
india
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
South Africa
  • 135 Internet Cafes (NETucation)
  • 18 Citizen’s Post Offices (240 sites)
  • 600 PiT
  • 32 Digital Villages (Microsoft)
  • 196 Telecentres
franchises branches
Franchises & Branches
pricing models
Pricing Models
  • Average Hourly Rate = R27
  • Lowest = R6 per hour
  • Highest = R75 per hour
computers other peripherals
Computers & other Peripherals
  • Average = 9
  • Lowest is 1 or 2
  • Highest is 29 (including laptops)
  • Printers = 1.7
  • Scanners = 1.3
operating hours
Operating Hours
  • Average = 12
  • 6% operate 24x7
  • 44% closed on Sundays
bandwidth
Bandwidth
  • ADSL
  • MyWireless
  • Diginet
  • ISDN
the future
The Future?
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Cheaper Internet access
  • Support from ISPA, et al.
thank you
Thank You
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