Friday, November 2, 2007

Hard facts on cellphone connectivity

The recently released Community Survey ( contains some gripping statistics on connectivity:

The percentage of households with computer facilities increased from 8,6% in 2001 to 15,7%
in 2007.

Only 7,3% of households had access to Internet facility at home in 2007.

The proportion of households owning a cellphone increased from 32,3% in 2001 to 72,9% in 2007.

Given current trends, poor South Africans might be better served by this phenominal growth in cellphone penetration as a platform for linking innovation to the marketplace, rather then focussing on a mass roll-out of PCs and PC-based internet connections.

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