Vodacom leads South Africa’s cellular race
February 8, 2022
By Chris Forrester
Vodacom is the mobile leader in South Africa having grown its market (y-o-y) from 44.3 million active subscribers to 45.77 million as at December 31st 2021. This represent a 42 per cent market share.
Second place is occupied by MTN which had (as at September 30th 2021) 33.51 million subs (and a 31 per cent market share).
South Africa’s main (landline) telco Telkom has 16.26 million cellular subscribers (a 15 per cent market share) as at Sept 30 2021.
Cell C has dropped from a previous 3rd place to fourth with 12.89 million (as at June 30th last year). Despite this fluctuation, Cell C had been a fast-expanding network having tripled its customer base since 2012. Cell C uses infrastructure capacity from MTN. However, Cell C has faced allegations of fraud amongst certain senior executives at the company. Arrests have been made.
All of the players have different year-end reporting periods which makes exact comparison difficult, but the trends are clear.