Picture: 123RF
Picture: 123RF

The telecommunications and broadband sectors are among the most competitive industries in SA – not to mention critical for economic growth and improvements in society. On May 31 Brand Intelligence firm Ornico and the FM will host the next AdForum event. A panel of advertising industry experts will analyse recently flighted print, television and radio advertisements in the sector and will look into trends in connectivity, advertising spend and market engagement.

There has been much movement in the mobile telecommunication industry, together with huge changes in the past year brought about by data-only network operator Rain increasing its market share. Rain announced earlier in the year that it would be the first company in SA to launch a commercial 5G network. This comes about through a partnership between Rain and Huawei, which is said to be a first on the African continent and one of the first in the world.

The big take-out:

The upcoming AdForum event on telecommunications and broadband in SA will examine trends, advertising spend and consumer engagement in these sectors.

The high cost of data in SA is subject to an ongoing debate, and discussions have pointed to MTN and Vodacom charging higher data prices in SA than they do in other parts of the continent. This may be changing in the future. Pricing strategies are certainly reflected not only in mobile network operators’ advertising, but among broadband providers as well.

A visualisation map by Howmuch.net reveals that data in South Africa costs more than in most African countries at $7.19 per gigabyte (GB). South Africa is ranked in position 143 out of a total of 230 countries measured in the report. When compared to countries such as Sudan, where it costs customers $0.68 per GB, and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s $0.88 per GB, South Africans certainly pay more. That said, Zimbabwe has, by far, the highest data costs in Africa and the world at $75.20, according to the report.

The Price of Mobile Internet in Africa Map | Source: howmuch.net
The Price of Mobile Internet in Africa Map | Source: howmuch.net

An article posted on howmuch.net on Africa’s mobile economy states the GMSA predicts GDP contribution as a result of mobile technologies will increase from 6.7% in 2015 to 7.6% of GDP in 2020. This amounts to an estimated $210bn as African countries experience benefits from improved productivity and changes in the nature of work.

For more information on the AdForum event, which takes place at the Houghton Golf Club on May 31, or to book your ticket, contact Jade Fleishman on 011-280-3402 or at fleishmanj@tisoblackstar.co.za.