Mobile Telecommunication Networks in South Africa [Infographic]
Mobile Telecommunication Networks in South Africa
Statistics from a research firm Nielsen Southern Africa shows that Mobile phone use in South Africa has increased from 17% of adults in 2000 to 76% in 2010. As at the time of this writing, more South Africans – 29-million – use mobile phones than radio (28-million), TV (27-million) or personal computers (6-million). On the other hand, Land lines has proven to be less popular as only less than 5-million South Africans use landline phones.
In South Africa, there are four licensed mobile operators: MTN, Vodacom (majority owned by UK’s Vodaphone), Cell C (75% owned by Saudi Oger, an international telecommunications holdings firm), and 8ta, a subsidiary of Telkom with Mobile penetration that is estimated at more than 10%, one of the highest rates in the world.
With MTN leading the way, South African mobile companies are also making inroads not just locally but also internationally, MTN for instance has well over 100-million subscribers in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
What are the mobile telecommunication networks in South Africa and what are their usage percentages? Once again, this well elaborated infographic from Afrographique reveals that Vodafone which was founded the same year with MTN: 1994 has 48.9% of users in South Africa, MTN has 35.4% of the market, Cell C at 13.7% while 8.ta has just about 2%, there are total of 42.3 mobile phones in South Africa and 59 million sim cards