MTN’s results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 show the operator invested nearly R3.5 billion in its network during the period.
MTN estimates it will spend a total of R11.5 billion on capital expenditure in South Africa during the current financial year.
By comparison, Vodacom expects to invest around R8.4 billion in its South African network during the current financial year.
In its previous full-year results, MTN reported spending over R11 billion on its network in SA, while Vodacom spent R8.5 billion.
Vodacom CTO Andries Delport recently said that around 20% of their capex budget goes directly into their radio access network.
Delport said that Vodacom will continue to invest in its network in South Africa to hold onto its lead over its rivals.
He said they are intent on maintaining their brand claims, such as being the best network for smartphones and having the least dropped calls.
The table below compares the latest capital expenditure figures from South Africa’s mobile network operators.
|Capex on mobile networks in SA|
|Capex||ZAR millions||Period||Average monthly investment|
|Vodacom||R1,800||1 April 2017 – 30 June 2017||R600 million|
|MTN||R3,475||1 January 2017 – 30 June 2017||R579 million|
|Cell C||R3,400||1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016||R283 million|
|Telkom||R1,936||1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017||R161 million|