5 Facts About Your Network Providers You’d Never Believe
South Africa is characterized by a number of network providers, among them is MTN, Cell C, Vodacom, the list goes on. They are all similar in some ways and unique in their own right.
MTN Telecommunication Company
MTN has just lost more than 800 000 prepaid subscribers in South Africa in less than 90 days. The company’s subscriber base continue to grow outside South Africa. MTn is losing customers in South Africa to cheaper pre-paid options.The revenue of MTN however continues to grow despite the decrease in subscribers.
The company has released its quarterly update from June to end of September 2018. The update showed several strong subscriber and revenue growth in MTN’s markets that are outside of South Africa. Revenue from Ghana and Nigeria grew by 23% and 17% respectively while rapid loses are being recorded in South Africa.
MTN lost a total of 1.5 million subscribers in South Africa. This is a huge and significant number. Ruhan du Plessis a telecommunication analyst at Avior Capital Markets says
increasingly competitive prices are putting pressure on MTN.
Cell C Telecommunication Company
Cell C has signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Cape Town to expand the city’s WiFi hotspots. The company had been considering using Cape Town’s lamp posts and bus stops as WiFi hotspots. The city has already connect 300 of its buildings to WiFi.
Their plan is to make lamp-posts, bus stops, transport hubs and council-owned buildings in the City of Cape Town WiFi hotspots if cellular network Cell C gets its way.
Cell C, the country’s third largest cellular service, was tasked to develop a plan for the City to expand WiFi. No timelines have been set for the project.The city has already installed more than 890km fibre optic cables and connected 300 city-owned buildings to WiFi.
Telkom Telecommunication Company
Telkom is of of the biggest wireline and wireless telecommunication provider in South Africa operating in more than 38 countries across the African continent. Telkom is a semi-privatised, 39% state-owned enterprise.
Vodacom Telecommunication Company
Cutting prices helped Vodacom grow its South African prepaid subscriber numbers by 10%, the cellphone network said in its June quarter report.”Contract customer revenue growth has recovered from declines in previous quarters,” Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said in the operating update.
Vodacom grew its prepaid subscribers to 37.7-million at June 30 from 34.2-million the previous year. Its monthly average revenue per user (arpu) declined by 5.2% to R55 from R58. But the drop in arpu was offset by the addition of 1.4-million more customers, helping it grow its overall South African prepaid revenue by 5.5% to R5.8bn during the June quarter from the matching quarter in 2017.
Prepaid revenue nearly caught up with contract revenue, which grew 0.8% to R5.9bn.
Vodacom grew its contract subscribers by 5.9% to 5.4-million while arpu declined 2.3% to R384 from R393/month in the previous year’s June quarter.
Rain Telecommunication Company
Rain Mobile offers users data at 5c per MB – an effective price of R50 per GB. The network operator does not sell bundles, and punts its data as “non-expiring”, as users are only billed for what they use each month.
This provides users with flexibility and does not require them to forecast their data usage each month. Typically, with flexibility comes higher prices, but Rain’s tariff of 5c per MB is very competitive. In fact, its pricing is far better than Vodacom and MTN prepaid data bundles, which do not offer the flexibility of Rain’s plan.
With prepaid data bundles, any data that is not used is generally lost at the end of your billing cycle. A positive of this for Vodacom and MTN customers is that as data bundles get larger in size, the price of the data – measured at a per-MB rate – becomes cheaper.
Telkom, Rain, and Cell C’s LTE packages all offer similar speeds, with their respective websites measuring averages between 10-70Mbps.