This enables users—often tourists or people on the move—to easily go online without having to enter into a fixed contract with an ISP.

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Three new submarine cable projects have brought more capacity to South Africa from 2009—the SEACOM cable entered service in June 2009, the EASSy cable in July 2010, and the WACS cable in May 2012.

Additional international cable systems have been proposed or are under construction.

ZA Domain Name Authority and was granted to South Africa by ICANN in 1990.

Over 60% of Internet traffic generated on the African continent originates from South Africa. The African National Congress, launched its website, za, in 1997, making it one of the first African political organizations to establish an Internet presence South Africa's total international bandwidth reached the 10 Gbit/s mark during 2008, and its continued increase is being driven primarily by the uptake of broadband and lowering of tariffs.

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The price of an ISP account can vary greatly, ranging from R23 (US) for 1 GB to R159 () for uncapped 384kbit/s and R496 (US) for uncapped 4 Mbit/s.

Products with caps of 3 GB, 5 GB, 10 GB, 20 GB and 30 GB are also available through various ISPs.

Telkom's own ADSL subscriber base climbed from 50,000 in February 2005 to around 927 000 in July 2009.

However, relative to developed markets, ADSL prices in South Africa still remain among the highest in the world which has prompted consumer groups such as Hellkom and My ADSL to charge that Telkom's ADSL prices are excessive.

Vodacom responded with dramatic price cuts of their own on 1 April 2007 after which Cell C reduced prices on their larger offerings to undercut both MTN and Vodacom.