Communications in South Africa

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Official Language
Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu.
Other Languages Spoken
Fanagalo, Hindi, Sotho, Tsotsitaal, Venda,
Business Language
English and Afrikaans. Advertising in local languages has a wider reach.
Getting Some Knowledge
The Travlang website gives you some typical phrases to learn in South Africa.

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Quality of Communications
South Africa has the largest and most developed telecommunications network (including fixed line, wireless, satellite and cellular technology) in the African continent. However, telecommunication costs in the country remain among the highest in the world.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From South Africa, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in South Africa, Dial +27
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
They begin with a zero, followed by 2 digits corresponding to regional codes, and the 7 digit subscriber number.
Mobile Telephone Standards
National Mobile Phone Operators
Vodacom, MTN (Mobile Telephone Network) and Cell C.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
There are many ISPs operating in the country. For details, visit: Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) of South Africa.
Access in Public Places
Accessible at most of the places.
Access in Hotels
Generally available.

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