The report concludes with the following:
The following highlights are worth noting:
- The total revenue reported for the three sectors that ICASA regulates has increased by 3.5% compared to 2015.
- Total number of employees for the three sectors that ICASA regulates decreased significantly by 13.0% since the last report. The drop in numbers was experienced by all three sectors.
- The revenue from telecommunication services increased slightly by 1% in 2016, with the main contributor to this increase being mobile services with an increase of 4.3%. In addition, revenue from fixed line voice and fixed internet services decreased significantly by 13.1% and 7.5%, respectively.
- Mobile data revenue for the 12-month period ending 30 September 2016 increased significantly by 25.4%, while mobile voice revenue decreased by 5.9%.
- The population coverage of 4G/LTE services significantly increased by 26%.
- Mobile data traffic increased significantly by 55.0%.
- South Africa moved up 10 places on its ranking on the Network Readiness Index (NRI) to number 65.
- Mobile broadband connections (subscriptions) per 100 people increased by 10% in 2016.
We note that the data presented in the 2017 report comprises of 15 less ECS and ECNS licensee respondents as compared to the 2016 report, which should be kept in mind when assessing some of the figures.
Any queries in respect of the report can be directed to Mr Kenny Mphahlele: Senior Manager for Sector Forecasting by email at email@example.com or on 011 566 3972.
___[1 November 2016] ICASA have extended the submission date by a week to the 7th November 2016.
___[20 October 2016] ICASA have amended the questionnaire due to a submission made in respect of the omission of pricing indicators.
The timeline remains as indicated in the post of 20 September, found below:
___[20 September 2016] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the second annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the period 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. The timelines involved are as follows:
|20 September – 30 September 2016||Questionnaire reviews by the industry|
|7 October – 31 October 2016||Questionnaire completion by the industry|
|1 November – 15 December 2016||Data validation by ICASA|
|31 March 2017||Publish Report|
The Authority requests that any comments and/or queries on the questionnaire are submitted to Mr Kenny Mphahlele by email on KMphahlele@icasa.org.za by 30 September 2016.[5 April 2016] ICASA has published its first Report on the state of the ICT sector in South Africa, covering the year up to end September 2015.
ICASA highlighted the following findings as valuable:
- The telecommunications sector generated about R147 billion in revenue, the TV broadcasting sector about R28 billion, and the SA Post Office (reserved postal services) about R5 billion.
- The telecommunications sector, TV broadcasting sector, and the SA Post Office employ about 58,000 (gender split of 23,000 females to 35,000 males).
- The largest employer is the telecommunications sector, followed by the TV broadcasting sector, and the SA Post Office.
- Telecommunications investment amounted to about R23 billion, with mobile communication services contributing R16 billion.
- South Africa has about 86 million mobile cellular subscriptions, comprised of 72 million prepaid and 14 million postpaid subscriptions
__[2 October 2015] ICASA has launched a new attempt to put in place the necessary structures and processes for the collection of ICT sector statistics. The gaps in collecting this information presents difficulties for decision-making and also places South Africa in breach of its obligations as a member of the ITU. ICASA’s intention is to design and implement an ICT sector data collection system to replace the multiple reports requirements currently required of licensees.
ICASA have appointed research house BMI-T to assist them in this endeavour, thereby exponentially increasing the chances of the exercise being constructive.
The below presentation was provided at the launch of this new initiative at ICASA’s Head Office on 29 September 2015.