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The Internet Café Industry in South Africa Ramon Thomas
Introduction Background What is an Internet Café? What are the worldwide trends? What is status quo in South Africa?
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 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 2001: 700 Internet Cafes 2002: 4,000 due to boom in PC Games Value R2.5 billion!!
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 135 Internet Cafes (NETucation) 18 Citizens Post Offices (240 sites) 600 PiT 32 Digital Villages (Microsoft) 196 Telecentres
Franchises & Branches Odyssey Internet Café (10) Communications (19) Jetline (10)
Pricing Models Average Hourly Rate = R27 Lowest = R6 per hour Highest = R75 per hour
Computers & other Peripherals Average = 9 Lowest is 1 or 2 Highest is 29 (including laptops) Printers = 1.7 Scanners = 1.3
Operating Hours Average = 12 6% operate 24x7 44% closed on Sundays
Bandwidth ADSL MyWireless Diginet ISDN
The Future? Wi-Fi Hotspots Cheaper Internet access Support from ISPA, et al.
Thank You Contact Details: Ramon Thomas
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