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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 25
4.1. Local 25
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 44
4.1.2. Regulations 46
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 48
4.2. Continental 49
4.3. International 51
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 52
5.1. Economic Environment 52
5.2. Lack of Spectrum 53
5.3. Unbundling the Local Loop 54
5.4. Ineffective Governance and Regulatory Bodies 54
5.5. Labour 55
5.6. Environmental Concerns 57
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 58
6. COMPETITION 60
6.1. Barriers to Entry 61
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 62
8. OUTLOOK 62
1. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 63
2. REFERENCES 63
2.1. Publications 63
2.2. Websites 64
COMPANY PROFILES - CELLULAR & FIXED LINES TELEPHONY 65
BITCO TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 65
CELL C (PTY) LTD 67
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 71
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 73
MTN GROUP LTD 74
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 78
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 82
VODACOM GROUP LTD 84
COMPANY PROFILES - INFASTRUCTURE & RELATED SERVICES, INCLUDING HARDWARE, NETWORKING & CONVERGENCE TECHNOLOGY 88
AFRIHOST (PTY) LTD 88
ALCATEL-LUCENT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 90
ALTRON TMT (PTY) LTD 93
ATIO CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 95
BITCO TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 98
BLUE LABEL TELECOMS LTD 100
BUSINESS CONNEXION (PTY) LTD 104
CELCOM GROUP (PTY) LTD 108
CYBERSMART (PTY) LTD 110
DARK FIBRE AFRICA (PTY) LTD 112
DATAPRO (PTY) LTD 115
DATATEC LTD 117
DIMENSION DATA (PTY) LTD 120
EOH MTHOMBO (PTY) LTD 123
FIBRECO TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 126
FONEWORX (PTY) LTD 128
GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 130
HUGE TELECOM (PTY) LTD 132
HUNTLEY MEDIA SERVICES (PTY) LTD 134
IGNITION TELECOMS INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 136
JASCO ELECTRONICS HOLDINGS LTD 138
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 142
NASHUA COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 144
NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 146
PLESSEY (PTY) LTD 148
RAIN (PTY) LTD 150
REUNERT LTD 152
SAAB GRINTEK TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 157
SABRE RADIO NETWORKS (PTY) LTD 160
SENTECH SOC LTD 162
STRIKE MEDIA (PTY) LTD 165
TELEMASTERS HOLDINGS LTD 167
TELLUMAT (PTY) LTD 169
TERACO DATA ENVIRONMENTS (PTY) LTD 172
TRIBAL ZONE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 174
TRUTEQ WIRELESS (PTY) LTD 176
VOX TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 178
VUMATEL (PTY) LTD 181
WISPA (PTY) LTD 183
WORLDTEL BROADBAND (PTY) LTD 185
COMPANY PROFILES - CABLING AND RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE 186
A T C (PTY) LTD 186
ABERDARE CABLES (PTY) LTD 188
LUNGISA-VRG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 191
METRO FIBRE NETWORX (PTY) LTD 193
REUNERT LTD 195
SMART VILLAGE (PTY) LTD 200
COMPANY PROFILES - UNDERSEA CABLING 202
BROADBAND INFRACO SOC LTD 202
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 205
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 207
COMPANY PROFILES – WHOLESALE AND RETAIL OF DEVICES 211
2C TELECOMS (PTY) LTD 211
CELL C (PTY) LTD 213
CORE COMPUTER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 217
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES AFRICA (PTY) LTD 219
KNR FLATROCK (PTY) LTD 221
LENOVO (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 223
LG ELECTRONICS SA (PTY) LTD 225
MICROSOFT (S A) (PTY) LTD 227
MRP MOBILE (PTY) LTD 230
MTN GROUP LTD 231
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 235
TELKOM SA SOC LTD 237
VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 241
VODACOM GROUP LTD 243
ZTE CORPORATION SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 247