The old picture 1901 Eastern Telegraph Company System Map
The new picture Courtesy Telegeography
The next picture? Courtesy Steve Song, Many Possibilities Sub-saharan Africa Undersea Cables in 2010 – maybe
Are we about to be wrong-footed?
Broadband and citizen journalism <ul><li>Under the current dispensation, bandwidth is a luxury. For Web 2.0, citizen journ...
Reality check:  SA Internet user base <ul><li>2000: 2 416 000 (32% growth) </li></ul><ul><li>2001: 2 886 000 (20%) </li></...
New Reality: The experience curve <ul><li>SA Internet users with 5 years experience: </li></ul><ul><li>2001: 354 700 </li>...
New Reality: The Experience Curve World Wide Worx Internet users in  South Africa, 2008 Online banking customers Online re...
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Digital Media: Myths & Realities

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Arthur Goldstuck looks at the myths and realities of the digital revolution in South Africa.

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  1. 1. The old picture 1901 Eastern Telegraph Company System Map
  2. 2. The new picture Courtesy Telegeography
  3. 3. The next picture? Courtesy Steve Song, Many Possibilities Sub-saharan Africa Undersea Cables in 2010 – maybe
  4. 4. Are we about to be wrong-footed?
  5. 5. Broadband and citizen journalism <ul><li>Under the current dispensation, bandwidth is a luxury. For Web 2.0, citizen journalism and innovation to flourish, broadband needs to become a commodity. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reality check: SA Internet user base <ul><li>2000: 2 416 000 (32% growth) </li></ul><ul><li>2001: 2 886 000 (20%) </li></ul><ul><li>2002: 3 098 000 (7%) </li></ul><ul><li>2003: 3 283 000 (6%) </li></ul><ul><li>2004: 3.5m (6%) </li></ul><ul><li>2005: 3.6m (3%) </li></ul><ul><li>2006: 3.75m (3%) </li></ul><ul><li>2007: 3.96m (6%) </li></ul><ul><li>2008: 4.4m (8%) </li></ul>
  7. 7. New Reality: The experience curve <ul><li>SA Internet users with 5 years experience: </li></ul><ul><li>2001: 354 700 </li></ul><ul><li>2002: 696 620 (96% growth) </li></ul><ul><li>2003: 1 266 235 (81%) </li></ul><ul><li>2004: 1 820 000 (44%) </li></ul><ul><li>2005: 2 416 000 (32%) </li></ul><ul><li>2006: 2 886 000 (20%) </li></ul><ul><li>2007: 3 098 000 (7%) </li></ul><ul><li>2008: 3 28m (6%) </li></ul><ul><li>2009: 3.5m (6%) </li></ul>
  8. 8. New Reality: The Experience Curve World Wide Worx Internet users in South Africa, 2008 Online banking customers Online retail customers Broadband emerges 6 Years on the Internet: The Experience Curve

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