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Telecommunications Report South Africa

  • ID: 4296372
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: South Africa, Africa
  • 12 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has had a limited impact on the telecoms market in South Africa. Demand for data surged on account of an increase in remote working and learning. In an unprecedented move that was not observed in any other country, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the country's telecoms regulator, released additional spectrum for free so that companies could cope with the rise in demand for data.

Mobile subscriptions growth dipped in 2020 compared with the previous year. The Economist Intelligence Unit expects mobile connections to rise at an annual average of 3% from 2021 to 2025. Growth will be driven by a rise in smartphone adoption and 4G network expansion.

With the number of confirmed daily cases of Covid-19 now levelling off, restrictions are being gradually eased across the country. Nonetheless, there is still concern over the possibility of a third wave during the southern hemisphere winter (starting in June). This could pose a threat to investment in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, which is expected to increase from US$1.8bn in 2021 to US$1.9bn by 2025.

Industry List: Connected devices, Telecommunications, Fixed, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile, Telecommunications, Telecommunications
Industry Codes (NAIC): 517
Industry Codes (SIC): 48
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