ICT sector data collection

[28 March 2018] ICASA has published the third annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which covers the 12-month period ending 30 September 2017 and can be viewed at the link below:

ICASA Report on State of SA ICT Sector 2018

The report concludes with the following:

The following highlights are worth noting:

  • The high response rate for 2017 has not affected the increase in figures, for example, leading companies’ contribution to revenue in both 2016 and 2017 was 99% and 97%, respectively. Leading companies’ investment spend made up 100% and 94% in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
  • The total revenue reported for the three sectors that ICASA regulates increased by 9.1% in 2017 (it increased by 3.5% in 2016).
  • Telecommunications and broadcasting revenue increased by 10.2% and 5.8% in 2017, respectively. However, postal revenue decreased by 0.6%.
  • Total number of Pay TV subscriptions increased by 21.2% in 2017.
  • Total number of employees for the three sectors that ICASA regulates decreased significantly by 14.4% in 2017.
  • The population coverage of 4G/LTE services significantly increased from 75% in 2016 to 77% in 2017.
  • South Africa’s overall 2017 ranking on the International Telecommunication Union’s (“ITU”) ICT Development Index (“IDI”) has decreased to position 92.
  • Mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 people increased to 88% in 2016.
  • Procurement spend from all suppliers based on the B-BBEE Procurement Recognition Levels contribution was 100.0% in 2016 and 61.5% in 2017 in the postal service sector.

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[9 October 2017] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the 2017 State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. The timelines involved are as follows:

Date Activity
6 October 2016 – 30 November 2017 Questionnaire completed by the industry
1 December 2017 – 15 January 2018 Data validation by ICASA
31 March 2018 Publishing of report by ICASA

ICASA letter

ICT Sector Questionnaire 2017
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[8 May 2017] – ICASA has published the second annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which covers the 12-month period ending 30 September 2016 and can be viewed at the link below:

ICASA Report on State of SA ICT Sector 2017

ICASA letter to stakeholders

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 kmphahlele@icasa.org.za or on 011 566 3972.

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[1 November 2016] ICASA have extended the submission date by a week to the 7th November 2016.

Extension letter

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[20 October 2016] ICASA have amended the questionnaire due to a submission made in respect of the omission of pricing indicators.

ICT Sector Questionnaire (updated)

ICASA letter (updated)

Response to Vodacom queries

The timeline remains as indicated in the post of 20 September, found below:

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[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:

 

Date Activity
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

ICASA letter

ICT Sector Questionnaire

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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 Report on State of SA ICT Sector 2016

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

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[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.

ICASA ICT Trends 29092015

See also:

ICASA ICT Statistics Questionnaire

ICASA request to licensees for statistics for the ITU

 

 

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