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The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices
BY Duncan Bekker
South Africa
29 April 2019
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The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices


South African telecommunications operators experienced positive, if muted, growth in 2018 as total subscriptions, device ownership, internet penetration, and data usage continue to increase. The South African telecommunications sector grew by over 14% and was worth R187bn in 2018. Mobile subscriptions, device ownership, and internet penetration continues to grow and the majority of service revenue growth is due to double-digit increases in the value of data. South Africa’s fibre and data centre markets are expanding rapidly.


Widespread Disruption


Telecoms companies are having to adapt to widespread disruption; the structural shift from voice to data is undermining traditional margins, and increases in data traffic are being offset by a proportional decline in effective data prices. The market is maturing and operators are having to compete to grow their share of the prepaid and lower-income markets, from which the majority of future growth is expected to come. Investment in the sector is highly influenced by South Africa’s poor economic growth, regulatory changes and technological developments.


Report Coverage


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 examines investment, turnover and market share of major players, both local and international, and the influence of various factors including economic activity, lack of spectrum, high data prices, environmental concerns, electricity supply and competition. There are comprehensive profiles of 56 companies including Telkom, which dominates fixed-line telephony, and Vodacom and MTN, which dominate the mobile space. Other profiled companies include Cell C and Virgin Mobile, and fibre companies such as Vumatel, Vox and Dark Fibre.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
1. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
1.1. Industry Value Chain 2
1.2. Geographic Position 5
2. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
3. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
3.1. Local 10
3.1.1. Corporate Actions 35
3.1.2. Regulations 36
3.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 37
3.2. Continental 39
3.3. International 41
4. INFLUENCING FACTORS 43
4.1. Economic Environment 43
4.2. Lack of Spectrum 44
4.3. Policy Uncertainty and Ineffective Regulatory Bodies 45
4.4. Labour 46
4.5. Environmental Concerns 48
4.6. Electricity Supply 48
4.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 49
5. COMPETITION 51
5.1. Barriers to Entry 53
6. SWOT ANALYSIS 53
7. OUTLOOK 54
8. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 55
9. REFERENCES 55
9.1. Publications 55
9.2. Websites 56
APPENDIX 1 – SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 57
Telecommunications 57
Devices 67
COMPANY PROFILES – TELECOMMUNICATIONS 71
A T C (PTY) LTD 71
ABERDARE CABLES (PTY) LTD 73
AFRIHOST SP (PTY) LTD 76
ALCATEL-LUCENT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 78
ALTRON TMT (PTY) LTD 80
ATIO CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 82
BITCO TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 85
BLUE LABEL TELECOMS LTD 87
BROADBAND INFRACO SOC LTD 92
BUSINESS CONNEXION (PTY) LTD 95
CELCOM GROUP (PTY) LTD 98
CELL C LTD 101
CYBERSMART (PTY) LTD 105
DARK FIBRE AFRICA (PTY) LTD 107
DATAPRO (PTY) LTD 110
DATATEC LTD 112
DIMENSION DATA (PTY) LTD 116
EOH MTHOMBO (PTY) LTD 119
FIBRECO TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 123
FONEWORX (PTY) LTD 125
GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 128
HUGE TELECOM (PTY) LTD 130
IGNITION TELECOMS INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 133
JASCO ELECTRONICS HOLDINGS LTD 136
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 140
LUNGISA - VRG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 142
METRO FIBRE NETWORX (PTY) LTD 144
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 146
MTN GROUP LTD 147
NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 151
RAIN B2B (PTY) LTD 153
REUNERT LTD 155
SABRE RADIO NETWORKS (PTY) LTD 160
SENTECH SOC LTD 162
SGT SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 165
STRIKE MEDIA (PTY) LTD 168
TELEMASTERS HOLDINGSC LTD 170
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 173
TELLUMAT (PTY) LTD 178
TERACO DATA ENVIRONMENTS (PTY) LTD 181
TRIBAL ZONE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 183
TRUTEQ WIRELESS (PTY) LTD 185
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 187
VODACOM GROUP LTD 189
VOX TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 193
VUMATEL (PTY) LTD 196
COMPANY PROFILES – WHOLESALERS AND RETAILERS OF DEVICES 198
2C TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 198
CELL C LTD 200
CORE COMPUTER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 204
HISENSE SA SALES HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 206
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES AFRICA (PTY) LTD 208
KNR FLATROCK (PTY) LTD 210
LENOVO (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 212
LG ELECTRONICS SA (PTY) LTD 214
MICROSOFT (S A) (PTY) LTD 216
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 221
MTN GROUP LTD 222
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 226
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 228
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 233
VODACOM GROUP LTD 235
ZTE CORPORATION SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 239