South Africa Report 2013: Understanding What is Happening in ICT in South Africa a supply- and demand-side analysis of the ICT sector

While the South African information and communication technology (ICT) sector continues to demonstrate dynamic growth, particularly as driven by the mobile sector, the growth has not met the national objective of affordable access to the full range of communication services. Access to mobile services continues to grow, however,broadband access (particularly access to fixed broadband) remains very low in comparison to other lower-middle-income countries, and the prices of all communication services remain high by both African and global standards.

Sector growth continues to rise at (at least) double the national growth rate, and is now contributing around 6% to GDP. This growth is largely despite policy, however, than because of it. The policy environment has not created an environment conducive to investment, nor institutional arrangements likely to result in effective competition - resulting in a number of regulatory bottlenecks that constrain sector expansion.


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