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Postal BEE supplier procurement rates have dropped for BEE.Postal sector revenue slightly decreased by 0.6% from 2016 to 2017. Over 3 years, postal revenue decreased by 5.0%.
Comparing South Africa to some of its neighbouring African counterparts, its ranking regressed from position 2 in 2016 to position 3 in 2017.
7.4.1 Fixed broadband subscriptions
The publication of the State of ICT sector report is a year ahead of ITU. ICASA’s publication is done 31 March every year as part of our Annual Performance Plans.
South Africa’s fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 people increased from 2.6 in 2015 to 2.8 in 2016.
Mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 people increased from 74% to 88% from 2016 to 2017.
7.4.3 Mobile broadband subscriptions excluding cellular M2M
Mobile broadband subscriptions excluding cellular M2M increased from 50.5% to 57.8 from 2016 to 2017.
4.9 Persons employed in the telecommunications sector
Total employment in telecoms and female employment increased significantly by
15.8% and 29.9% in 2017, respectively.
Conclusion section:4.12.1 Fixed line traffic
Annually: Fixed line traffic decreased by 11.8%, local fixed-to-fixed telephone traffic decreased by 8.8% and long-distance fixed-to-fixed telephone traffic decreased by
16.2% between 2016 and 2017.
Compound annual growth rate (CAGR): Over a 3-year period fixed line traffic decreased by 10.2%, local fixed-to-fixed telephone traffic decrease by 8.8 % and long-distance fixed-to-fixed telephone traffic decreased by 12.4%.
• The total revenue reported for the three sectors that ICASA regulates increased by 9.1% in 2017 (it increased by 3.5% in 2016).
• Telecommunications and broadcasting revenue increased by 10.2% and 5.8% in 2017, respectively. However, postal revenue decreased by 0.6%.
• Total number of employees for the three sectors that ICASA regulates decreased significantly by 14.4% in 2017.
• The population coverage of 4G/LTE services significantly increased from 75% in 2016 to 77% in 2017.
• South Africa’s overall 2017 ranking on the International Telecommunication Union’s (“ITU”) ICT Development Index (“IDI”) has decreased to position 92.
• Procurement spend from all suppliers based on the B-BBEE Procurement Recognition Levels contribution was 100.0% in 2016 and 61.5% in 2017 in the postal service sector.