News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 114 on 14 June 2002

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SWAZILAND’S INTERNET MARKET: SMALL BUT WITH ENORMOUS POTENTIAL

14 June 2002

By African standards, Swaziland (with just over a million people) is a tiny country. However, with 20,000 internet subscribers it has reached a market size that is larger than some of its bigger brothers. Terence Sibiya looks at how the market operates and its future potential.   Swaziland Post and Telecommunications Company (SPTC) is the sole provider of telecommunications in the Kingdom of 1 million inhabitants, and has enjoyed a monopoly since its establishment. The first Internet service provider in the country was UUNet in 1992 through a company set up by a former University of Swaziland lecturer. He later…