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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
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 35
4.1.2. Regulations 36
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 37
4.2. Continental 39
4.3. International 42
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 44
5.1. Economic Environment 44
5.2. Lack of Spectrum 45
5.3. Policy Uncertainty and Ineffective Regulatory Bodies 45
5.4. Labour 46
5.5. Environmental Concerns 48
5.6. Electricity Supply 49
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 49
6. COMPETITION 51
6.1. Barriers to Entry 53
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 53
8. OUTLOOK 54
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 55
10. REFERENCES 56
10.1. Publications 56
10.2. Websites 56
APPENDIX 1 – SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 58
Telecommunications 58
Devices 68
COMPANY PROFILES – TELECOMMUNICATIONS 72
A T C (PTY) LTD 72
ABERDARE CABLES (PTY) LTD 74
AFRIHOST SP (PTY) LTD 77
ALCATEL-LUCENT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 79
ALTRON TMT (PTY) LTD 81
ATIO CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 83
BITCO TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 86
BLUE LABEL TELECOMS LTD 88
BROADBAND INFRACO SOC LTD 93
BUSINESS CONNEXION (PTY) LTD 96
CELCOM GROUP (PTY) LTD 99
CELL C LTD 102
CYBERSMART (PTY) LTD 106
DARK FIBRE AFRICA (PTY) LTD 108
DATAPRO (PTY) LTD 111
DATATEC LTD 113
DIMENSION DATA (PTY) LTD 117
EOH MTHOMBO (PTY) LTD 120
FIBRECO TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 124
FONEWORX (PTY) LTD 126
GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 129
HUGE TELECOM (PTY) LTD 131
IGNITION TELECOMS INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 134
JASCO ELECTRONICS HOLDINGS LTD 137
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 141
LUNGISA - VRG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 143
METRO FIBRE NETWORX (PTY) LTD 145
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 147
MTN GROUP LTD 148
NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 152
RAIN B2B (PTY) LTD 154
REUNERT LTD 156
SABRE RADIO NETWORKS (PTY) LTD 161
SENTECH SOC LTD 163
SGT SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 166
STRIKE MEDIA (PTY) LTD 169
TELEMASTERS HOLDINGSC LTD 171
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 174
TELLUMAT (PTY) LTD 179
TERACO DATA ENVIRONMENTS (PTY) LTD 182
TRIBAL ZONE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 184
TRUTEQ WIRELESS (PTY) LTD 186
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 188
VODACOM GROUP LTD 190
VOX TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 194
VUMATEL (PTY) LTD 197
COMPANY PROFILES – WHOLESALERS AND RETAILERS OF DEVICES 199
2C TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 199
CELL C LTD 201
CORE COMPUTER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 205
HISENSE SA SALES HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 207
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES AFRICA (PTY) LTD 209
KNR FLATROCK (PTY) LTD 211
LENOVO (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 213
LG ELECTRONICS SA (PTY) LTD 215
MICROSOFT (S A) (PTY) LTD 217
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 222
MTN GROUP LTD 223
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 227
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 229
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 234
VODACOM GROUP LTD 236
ZTE CORPORATION SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 240