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The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices in South Africa 2022

Stephen Timm | South Africa | 29 July 2022

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This report focuses on the South African telecommunications industry and the market for mobile devices. While the sector formally includes broadcasting and postal services, this report emphasises telephony, internet and mobile broadband, and the relevant supporting infrastructure. It includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector, revenue, subscriptions, capex, prices and developments including new spectrum allocation and corporate actions. There are profiles of 64 companies including major players such as Vodacom, MTN and Telkom, data-only network Rain, fibre companies such as Dark Fibre Africa, Vumatel and Afrihost, and retailers and device brands such as Cellucity, Nokia and Samsung.

The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices in South Africa

Telecoms revenue is beginning to slow in South Africa and there is concern that poor economic growth could affect consumer spending, including on mobile devices. Demand for data has fallen back to pre-pandemic growth levels, which experts attribute to the return to office or to hybrid work. As traditional voice and data revenue slows, telecoms companies are investing in services such as fintech to grow revenue. Operators continue to invest heavily in fibre and the rollout of 5G mobile networks.

Telephony and Internet

There are over 100 million mobile subscriptions in the country. As this includes machine-to-machine connections and entities with multiple subscriptions, per capita mobile penetration is likely much lower. The percentage of households with landlines fell to below 10% in 2020, and the widespread use of mobile phones means that less than 2% of households have no access to a phone of any kind. The number of smartphone subscriptions continues to increase.

5G and Fibre Capex

5G rollout has continued since Vodacom and MTN launched 5G in 2020, and industry players expect that the number of base stations could double in the next decade. Fibre rollout accelerated in 2021 as demand for broadband internet grew, and operators have been extending fibre to outlying areas and in townships. Challenges for fibre companies include access to capital, speed to roll out and red tape in getting municipal approval, the quality of the fibre service offered and the customer service.

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
2.3. Size of the Industry 5
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points 18
3. LOCAL 19
3.1. State of the Industry 19
3.2. Key Trends 28
3.3. Notable Players 34
3.4. Corporate Actions 36
3.5. Regulations 39
3.6. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 42
4. AFRICA 45
5. INTERNATIONAL 50
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 53
6.1. COVID-19 53
6.2. Economic Environment 54
6.3. Labour 54
6.4. Environmental Issues 57
6.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 59
6.6. Electricity Supply 61
6.7. New Spectrum 61
6.8. Data Prices 63
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 65
7.1. Competition 65
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 66
7.3. Barriers to Entry 67
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 68
9. OUTLOOK 69
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 69
11. REFERENCES 70
11.1. Publications 70
11.2. Websites 70
APPENDIX 1 - SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 72
Telecommunications 72
Devices 87
COMPANY PROFILES - TELECOMMUNICATIONS 91
A T C (Pty) Ltd 91
Afrihost SP (Pty) Ltd 93
Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 95
ATC South Africa Services (Pty) Ltd 98
Bitco Telecoms (Pty) Ltd 99
Blue Label Telecoms Ltd 101
Bridging Technologies South Africa (Pty) Ltd 106
Broadband Infraco SOC Ltd 108
Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd 111
Celcom Group (Pty) Ltd 114
Cell C Ltd 117
Cybersmart (Pty) Ltd 121
Dark Fibre Africa (Pty) Ltd 123
Datapro (Pty) Ltd 125
Datatec Ltd 127
Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd 131
DNI-4PL Contracts (Pty) Ltd 133
Ekasi Fibre (Pty) Ltd 135
EOH Mthombo (Pty) Ltd 136
FibreCo Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 140
Fibrepoynt (Pty) Ltd 142
FirstRand Bank Ltd 143
FoneWorx (Pty) Ltd 148
Frogfoot Networks (Pty) Ltd 150
Gateway Communications (Pty) Ltd 152
Huge Telecom (Pty) Ltd 154
Ignition Telecoms Investments (Pty) Ltd 157
IHS Towers South Africa (Pty) Ltd 160
Jasco Electronics Holdings Ltd 162
Liquid Telecommunications South Africa (Pty) Ltd 166
Metro Fibre Networx (Pty) Ltd 169
Mr Price Mobile (Pty) Ltd 171
MTN Group Ltd 172
MVN-X (Pty) Ltd 177
Nokia Solutions and Networks South Africa (Pty) Ltd 178
Nokia South Africa (Pty) Ltd 180
Rain GTM (Pty) Ltd 182
Reunert Ltd 184
Sabre Radio Networks (Pty) Ltd 189
SEACOM South Africa (Pty) Ltd 191
Sentech SOC Ltd 194
SGT Solutions (Pty) Ltd 197
Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd (The) 200
Swiftnet SOC Ltd 205
Telemasters Holdingsc Ltd 207
Telkom SA SOC Ltd 210
Teraco Data Environments (Pty) Ltd 214
Too Much WiFi (Pty) Ltd 217
Truteq Wireless (Pty) Ltd 218
Vodacom Group Ltd 220
Vox Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 224
Vumatel (Pty) Ltd 227
COMPANY PROFILES - DEVICES 229
Cell C Ltd 229
Cellucity (Pty) Ltd 233
Core Computer Group (Pty) Ltd (The) 235
DNI-4PL Contracts (Pty) Ltd 237
FirstRand Bank Ltd 239
Hisense SA Sales Holdings (Pty) Ltd 244
Huawei Technologies Africa (Pty) Ltd 246
KNR Flatrock (Pty) Ltd 248
Lenovo (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 250
LG Electronics S A (Pty) Ltd 252
MIA South Africa (Pty) Ltd 254
Microsoft (S A) (Pty) Ltd 255
Mr Price Mobile (Pty) Ltd 260
MTN Group Ltd 261
Samsung Electronics South Africa (Pty) Ltd 266
Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd (The) 268
Telkom SA SOC Ltd 273
Vodacom Group Ltd 277
ZA Online Store (Pty) Ltd 281
ZTE Corporation South Africa (Pty) Ltd 283