Sunday World (South Africa)

Data revenues of mobile companies:


• MTN in its financial results for year ended December 2021 reported data revenue of R16.4 billion in its SA operations. The group also spend R10 billion in its network infrastruc­ture in its home market.

• Vodacom spent R10.1 billion in its SA infrastruc­ture in the year ended March 2021. The company said that it has 21.1 million data customers on its network, with smart devices up 13.3% to 23.5 million and 4G devices increasing 26.8% to 16.4 million.

• Telkom in its six month ended September 2021 results said it brought R6.3 billion in mobile data revenue.

The group also invested R3.6 billion in its network.

• Cell C in its interim results for the 6-month period to June 2021 said it would need to spend more than R5-billion in capital expenditur­e annually to build a comparable network.

According to Broadband Wherever, 50GB is roughly enough data for any one of the following:

• 2500 hours of browsing;

• 10 000 music tracks;

• 600 hours streaming music;

• 300 hours of Skype;

• 400 app downloads;

• 50 SD movie downloads; and

• 20000 e-mails.

South Africa’s economy advanced by 1.2% quarter on quarter in the three months to December 2021, below market expectatio­ns of a 1.3% increase. Considerin­g the full year of 2021, gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 4.9%, the most in 14 years, recovering from a 6.4% decline in 2020.

The mining industry registered the largest growth at 11.8% due to the boom in commodity prices. First runner-up was agricultur­e, with growth of 8.3% while manufactur­ing was in third place with 6.5%.

However, the largest contributo­r to overall GDP for the year came from the finance sector, which grew 3.7% but contribute­d 0.9% to the annual GDP number.

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