SOUTH AFRICA COMMUNICATION & INTERNET
The South African telecommunication infrastructure is much in tune with global development, and connections to countries beyond South Africa’s borders are easy and efficient. Telkom, South Africa’s sole landline operator for decades, is soon to be challenged by a second operator, Neotel, and it’s believed the resultant competition will advance South African telecommunications to cutting edge levels. Hotels offer direct dial facilities, while call boxes operate on coins and phone cards which can be widely purchased. Reverse charge and ‘home direct’ (charging a call to your home number) services are available. Like most other countries, use of the cell phone or mobile phone is widespread. Four service providers ensure countrywide coverage and reception is generally good in urban areas. Mobile phone can be hired at all international airports. When it comes to internet and fax connections, most international hotels offer wireless connections either in guest rooms, business centers or some restaurants, and internet cafes are to be found in business locations and shopping malls. Stores such as PostNet found in major cities offer internet , fax, postage and photocopying facilities. An essential aspect of telecommunications in South Africa is the South African Post Office, which over and above normal postage by air, offers various express and courier services.