The South African internet user population is expected to grow to at least 22.5 million in 2017.
Internet user population passed the 20-million mark for the first time last year, reaching 21 million.
This is according to a study by World Wide Worx with the support of Dark Fibre Africa (DFA).
Managing director at World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck, attributed the high numbers of internet users to the fact that South Africa has a high number of smart phones.
He says around 29 million people in South Africa have smart phones but only 21 million have the internet.
That is the real clue to the digital divide in this country. This means a large proportion of people who have the means to go on the internet can't afford to go on the internet.— Arthur Goldstuck, Managing Director at World Wide Worx
At least 8 million people could afford to go on the internet if data costs wasn't the obstacle.— Arthur Goldstuck, Managing Director at World Wide Worx
The study also revealed that the single most common use of the internet among South African adults is communication.
Goldstuck says this includes instant messaging and voice communication.
We are seeing WhatsApp, Facebook messenger and Skype becoming primary uses of smart phones.— Arthur Goldstuck, Managing Director at World Wide Worx
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