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The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices
BY Duncan Bekker
South Africa
09 October 2017
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The Telecommunications Industry and the Retail of Devices


Excluding broadcasting and postal services, the telecommunications industry was worth R148.8bn in 2016, with its value increasing by 1% year-on-year. The sector contributed 2.7% to GDP and employed 26,669 people, according to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).


Changing Consumer Spend


There is a clear shift towards mobile over fixed-line connectivity, as well as internet over voice services. Mobile data revenue increased significantly, more than 25% year-on-year, while mobile voice revenue declined by 5.9% in 2016. In 2010 mobile spend on voice accounted for 77% of total mobile revenue, with data at just 8%. As of 2017, data now accounts for between 40% and 43% of mobile service revenue, and voice has fallen below 50%. All of the large mobile operators have identified data and mobile broadband as the key growth area of their businesses and have invested heavily in infrastructure to increase the coverage and speed of their networks. Local investment reached R28.1bn in 2016, from R24bn in 2015. Of this total, 68% was invested in mobile communications services and network expansion, 18% in fixed broadband services and network, and just 1% was spent on fixed-line telephone and voice infrastructure.


Report Coverage


The detailed report on the South African Telecommunications sector examines the key trends and developments in the sector over the last year and the market for mobile devices. Also discussed are the regulatory challenges facing the sector, particularly the revised plan for South Africa's broadband strategy, SA Connect, as well as the publication of the National Integrated ICT Policy. Profiles for 77 companies are provided. These include the three dominant companies in the mobile arena, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, as well as smaller firms such as FNB Connect and me&you which act as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). Also profiled are wholesalers and retailers of mobile devices including the largest non-network retailer of phones, PEP Stores, which sold more than 7 million handsets during 2016.


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 26
4.1. Local 26
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 45
4.1.2. Regulations 47
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 49
4.2. Continental 50
4.3. International 52
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 53
5.1. Economic Environment 53
5.2. Lack of Spectrum 54
5.3. Unbundling the Local Loop 55
5.4. Ineffective Governance and Regulatory Bodies 55
5.5. Labour 56
5.6. Environmental Concerns 58
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 59
6. COMPETITION 61
6.1. Barriers to Entry 62
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 63
8. OUTLOOK 63
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 64
10. REFERENCES 64
10.1. Publications 64
10.2. Websites 65
COMPANY PROFILES - CELLULAR & FIXED LINES TELEPHONY 66
BITCO TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 66
CELL C (PTY) LTD 68
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 72
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 74
MTN GROUP LTD 75
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 79
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 83
VODACOM GROUP LTD 85
COMPANY PROFILES - INFASTRUCTURE & RELATED SERVICES, INCLUDING HARDWARE, NETWORKING & CONVERGENCE TECHNOLOGY 89
AFRIHOST (PTY) LTD 89
ALCATEL-LUCENT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 91
ALTRON TMT (PTY) LTD 94
ATIO CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 96
BITCO TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 99
BLUE LABEL TELECOMS LTD 101
BUSINESS CONNEXION (PTY) LTD 105
CELCOM GROUP (PTY) LTD 109
CYBERSMART (PTY) LTD 111
DARK FIBRE AFRICA (PTY) LTD 113
DATAPRO (PTY) LTD 116
DATATEC LTD 118
DIMENSION DATA (PTY) LTD 121
EOH MTHOMBO (PTY) LTD 124
FIBRECO TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 127
FONEWORX (PTY) LTD 129
GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 131
HUGE TELECOM (PTY) LTD 133
HUNTLEY MEDIA SERVICES (PTY) LTD 135
IGNITION TELECOMS INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 137
JASCO ELECTRONICS HOLDINGS LTD 139
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 143
NASHUA COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 145
NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 147
PLESSEY (PTY) LTD 149
RAIN (PTY) LTD 151
REUNERT LTD 153
SAAB GRINTEK TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 158
SABRE RADIO NETWORKS (PTY) LTD 161
SENTECH SOC LTD 163
STRIKE MEDIA (PTY) LTD 166
TELEMASTERS HOLDINGS LTD 168
TELLUMAT (PTY) LTD 170
TERACO DATA ENVIRONMENTS (PTY) LTD 173
TRIBAL ZONE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 175
TRUTEQ WIRELESS (PTY) LTD 177
VOX TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 179
VUMATEL (PTY) LTD 182
WISPA (PTY) LTD 184
WORLDTEL BROADBAND (PTY) LTD 186
COMPANY PROFILES - CABLING AND RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE 187
A T C (PTY) LTD 187
ABERDARE CABLES (PTY) LTD 189
LUNGISA-VRG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 192
METRO FIBRE NETWORX (PTY) LTD 194
REUNERT LTD 196
SMART VILLAGE (PTY) LTD 201
COMPANY PROFILES - UNDERSEA CABLING 203
BROADBAND INFRACO SOC LTD 203
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 206
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 208
COMPANY PROFILES – WHOLESALE AND RETAIL OF DEVICES 212
2C TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 212
CELL C (PTY) LTD 214
CORE COMPUTER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 218
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES AFRICA (PTY) LTD 220
KNR FLATROCK (PTY) LTD 222
LENOVO (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 224
LG ELECTRONICS SA (PTY) LTD 226
MICROSOFT (S A) (PTY) LTD 228
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 231
MTN GROUP LTD 232
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 236
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 238
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 242
VODACOM GROUP LTD 244
ZTE CORPORATION SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 248