Smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in South Africa are facing bankruptcy as the seemingly unstoppable wave of spam engulfing every aspect of life continues unabated.
Christopher Riley, CEO of The Notebook Company, says ISPs are having to filter and delete millions of spam messages every day, which puts enormous strain on their existing resources.
"ISPs are having to upgrade their file servers to cope with this deluge and some just won't have the resources to fund the expense which, in many instances, runs into millions of rands.
"Spam is just burying companies' systems – the sheer volume is bringing things to a potential standstill," he says. "There is going to be increasing consolidation in the ISP market space and one of the contributing factors will be spam intrusion and the cost factors it incurs."
Riley says spam is "without doubt" chewing up bandwidth and retarding server speeds.
Therefore, it's even having an impact on mobile users, he adds, who often pay a premium to avoid such problems.