South Africa

2G Population Coverage100%
3G Population Coverage98.6%
4G Population Coverage77.6%
OTT PolicyNo
OTT RegulationNo
SIM Card RegistrationsYes
Coverage Source: ITU Database July 2018
Map Source: Collins Bartholomew Mobile Coverage Explorer dataset

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa publishes sector statistics once a year. Mobile sector revenues and data subscribers both increased between 2015 and 2017 (Figures 1 and 2).

Vodacom and MTN are the two dominant operators in South Africa. Cell C is the 3rd largest and Telkom Mobile is the smallest mobile operator. Cell C does not make financial statements public. Vodacom, MTN and Telkom all enjoyed healthy revenue growth in the past 5 years. Telkom’s mobile revenues have increased significantly in 2018 (Table 3).