Broadband connectivity is enjoying healthy growth in South Africa, if figures released by independent telecommunications service provider Nashua Mobile are anything to go by.
The company says it has signed up more than 80 000 subscribers across its broadband product range since it entered the Internet service provider market in February 2007.
The company – which offers a full portfolio of mobile, wireless and fixed-line broadband products and services – is currently adding about 3 500 broadband subscribers to its customer base each month. Nashua Mobile estimates that it currently holds between 8% and 10% of the total broadband market.
Mark Taylor, MD of Nashua Mobile, comments: "Nashua Mobile bought a small ISP in 2006, launched a separate Internet division in 2007, and has since managed to enjoy solid growth in this market. Our goal is to expand the country's broadband market and make the technology accessible and affordable to more people.
"Given that South Africa's broadband penetration stands at a mere 0,77 per hundred people, we anticipate healthy growth over the next few years."
Nashua Mobile Internet offers a full portfolio of Internet access offerings including fixed-line ADSL from Telkom; wireless Broadband from iBurst; and, of course, cellular data cards (such as GPRS, EDGE, 3G and HSDPA) from all three networks. The division also offers web site design, web site/e-mail hosting, e-commerce, anti-virus, mobile personal information management, anti-spam and systems integration solutions.