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The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices: Although telecommunications formally includes a vast array of sub-sectors, including radio and television, this report emphasises telephony, internet and broadband, and the infrastructure that supports them. With a 2.1% contribution to GDP, telecommunication services were worth R176bn in 2015 and the sector employs some 103,300 people.


A Growing Sector: The local sector is expanding, continuing to grow its subscriber base and improve infrastructure. The industry is also increasingly competitive, with the difference in market share between the largest mobile operators decreasing. However, major operators faced a challenging year in 2015, with local revenue falling slightly as a result of ICASA-mandated cuts to mobile termination rates, generally poor voice performance and constrained consumer spend. The falls were offset by significant increases in data revenue and strong regional performance. Data growth precipitated mainly by an increasing smart device penetration is driving heavy capital expenditure aimed at expanding and upgrading network infrastructure.


Access to Radio Spectrum: Despite telecommunications being one of the fastest growing sectors in South Africa, the industry is plagued by concerns regarding the availability of access to radio spectrum required to meet increased demand for high speed mobile broadband services. While the DoC and ICASA have published regulation covering the procedure for the release of in-demand spectrum, disagreements between the two, combined with the serious delay in digital TV migration have delayed real progress. Access to spectrum is being further delayed because the two bodies disagree whether the valuable 2.6GHz – 3.5GHz frequency should be put up for auction or awarded to an operator by some other means.



Report Coverage:

The detailed report on South Africa’s competitive Telecommunications sector describes the current market, examines the latest regulatory and corporate developments and discusses factors influencing the success of the sector. The report profiles 72 players in four sub-sectors: Cellular and Fixed-Line Telephony

Infrastructure & Related Services, including Hardware, Networking & Convergence Technology

Cabling and Related Infrastructure

Undersea Cabling

and the Retail of Smartphones and Tablets.

Table Of Contents

The Telecommunications Industry and Retail of Devices in South Africa 2016
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 21
4.1. Local 21
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 44
4.1.2. Regulations 45
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 47
4.2. Continental 48
4.3. International 50
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 51
5.1. Economic Environment 51
5.2. Escalating Need for Spectrum and LLU 52
5.3. Ineffective Government and Regulatory Bodies 53
5.4. Labour 54
5.5. Environmental Concerns 56
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 57
6. COMPETITION 59
6.1. Barriers to Entry 60
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 61
8. OUTLOOK 62
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 62
10. REFERENCES 63
10.1. Publications 63
10.2. Websites 64
COMPANY PROFILES - CELLULAR and FIXED LINES TELEPHONY 66
Cell C (Pty) Ltd 66
MRP Mobile (Pty) Ltd 70
MTN Group Ltd 71
Neotel (Pty) Ltd 75
Telkom SA SOC Ltd 78
Virgin Mobile South Africa (Pty) Ltd 84
Vodacom Group Ltd 86
COMPANY PROFILES - INFASTRUCTURE and RELATED SERVICES, INCLUDING HARDWARE, NETWORKING and CONVERGENCE TECHNOLOGY 90
Afrihost (Pty) Ltd 90
Alcatel-Lucent South Africa (Pty) Ltd 92
Altech Alcom Radio Distributors (Pty) Ltd 95
Altron TMT Holdings (Pty) Ltd 97
Blue Label Telecoms Ltd 100
Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd 105
Celcom Group (Pty) Ltd 110
CIS Engineering (Pty) Ltd 112
Conduct Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 114
Cybersmart (Pty) Ltd 116
Dark Fibre Africa (Pty) Ltd 118
Datapro (Pty) Ltd 121
Datatec Ltd 123
Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd 127
EOH Managed Services PS (Pty) Ltd 130
EOH Mthombo (Pty) Ltd 132
FibreCo Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 135
Foneworx (Pty) Ltd 137
Gateway Communications (Pty) Ltd 140
Huge Telecom (Pty) Ltd 142
iBurst (Pty) Ltd 144
Ignition Telecoms Investments (Pty) Ltd 146
Jasco Electronics Holdings Ltd 148
Lungisa-VRG Telecommunications and Projects (Pty) Ltd 152
MWEB Connect (Pty) Ltd 154
Nashua Communications (Pty) Ltd 157
Nokia Solutions And Networks South Africa (Pty) Ltd 159
Orange Horizons South Africa (Pty) Ltd 161
Plessey (Pty) Ltd 163
Posix Systems (Pty) Ltd 165
Reunert Ltd 167
SAAB Grintek Technologies (Pty) Ltd 171
Sabre Radio Networks (Pty) Ltd 174
Sentech SOC Ltd 176
Smart Village (Pty) Ltd 179
Strike Media (Pty) Ltd 181
Telemasters Holdings Ltd 183
Tellumat (Pty) Ltd 185
Tribal Zone Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 189
Truteq Wireless (Pty) Ltd 191
Vox Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 193
Wispa (Pty) Ltd 196
COMPANY PROFILES - CABLING AND RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE 198
Aberdare Cables (Pty) Ltd 198
ATC (Pty) Ltd 201
ATIO Corporation (Pty) Ltd 203
Neotel (Pty) Ltd 206
Reunert Ltd 209
COMPANY PROFILES - UNDERSEA CABLING 213
Broadband Infraco SOC Ltd 213
Neotel (Pty) Ltd 216
South Atlantic Express Submarine Cable (Pty) Ltd 219
Telkom SA SOC Ltd 220
COMPANY PROFILES - RETAIL OF SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS 226
2C Telecoms (Pty) Ltd 226
Blackberry Mobile South Africa (Pty) Ltd 228
Core Computer Group (Pty) Ltd (The) 230
Huawei Technologies Africa (Pty) Ltd 232
KNR Flatrock (Pty) Ltd 234
Lenovo (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 236
LG Electronics SA (Pty) Ltd 238
Microsoft (S A) (Pty) Ltd 240
Samsung Electronics South Africa (Pty) Ltd 243
ZTE Corporation South Africa (Pty) Ltd 245

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