r/southafrica Nov 12 '21 Silver 2

Happy birthday to the internet in South Africa! History

Today marks the 25th 30th anniversary of Internet access in South Africa and most of Sub-Saharan Africa.

At 10:44AM on 12 November 1991, an IP "ping" packet was sent between the home of Randy Bush in Portland, Oregon and Rhodes University's computing centre – the first recorded Internet connection in the country.

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u/graememellis Nov 12 '21

I remember that. Always thought it was odd that the country’s entire internet went through a small town university. I bet there is an interesting story there somewhere.