Broadband in the world: satellite for 100% coverage of South Africa

Satellite services might help the target of the government in order to guarantee Internet access to the whole population

Broadband in the world: satellite for 100% coverage of South Africa

The use of satellite services will make the government’s target of 100% broadband penetration reachable sooner than 2020.

The Department of Communications acknowledged the potential role of satellite in the national broadband project. It could be used to widen the present geographic coverage of about 30%, which covers 75% of the population, said the department’s Norman Munzhelele.

“Including satellite services takes these parameters to 100% geographic coverage and 100% population coverage” Mr Munzhelele told during an industry workshop. Most of the existing coverage is in urban areas, leaving huge tracts of rural regions without internet access. As we know, it is not economical for some telecommunications companies to lay fibre in these areas, owing to fewer potential users.

Research firm Informa Telecoms and Media‘s report on broadband in Africa calls lack of rural connectivity “market failure”. “Although some mobile operators may see rural markets as the next growth frontier, it remains very hard for them to find commercial viability in connecting remote connectivity to national backbones,” wrote Kalyan Medapati, a senior analyst at Informa.

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