» Bonded ADSL on the rise in AfricaWednesday, January 20 2010
More users online thanks to bonded ADSL
An increasing number of South African businesses and organisations are using bonded ADSL connections, according to a new study.
The Internet Access in South African 2010 report found a growing percentage of companies in the country had migrated from a dial-up line to a bonded ADSL service. It is thought the uptake of this high-speed connection contributed to the overall rise of internet users in the country.
The research found bonded ADSL allowed more companies to grant internet access to staff without compromising internet speeds. It is predicted that this has added an additional one person for every 20 to the number of users with online access in the country.
The report, commissioned by World Wide Worx, found the number of internet users in South Africa had passed 10 per cent. The data discovered the user base in the country grew by 15 per cent, with 5.3 million people now able to access online resources. This is compared to the 4.6 million people registered with internet access in 2009. The study predicted this figure would reach over 6 million by the end of 2010.
"South African consumers and businesses are demanding access to online applications and services that can only be experienced via high speed connectivity," said Reshaad Sha, senior manager of the group behind the survey.
"The year ahead will see the proliferation of high speed connectivity materialising more widely than ever before."