* License issued in late 1993
* GSM 900, GPRS and MMS Launched late 2002.
* 3G launched Dec 2004
* Prepaid and Postpaid
* Live 3/94
* Official launch 6/94
* Subscribers 1/2005 - 11.3 million (South Africa) ; 13m incl Africa
* That network transmitted 2 billion SMS's in the past
year which immensely contributed to the 58.9 percent growth in data revenue to
over a billion rands.
* Data revenues now make up 4.4 percent of the total Group revenue.
Revenue up to March 2004 grew by 18.7 percent to R23.5-billion. The
group's customer base increased by 29.7 percent over the year to 11.2
million customers. In South Africa its customer base grew by 23.5 percent to
9.7 million, with the majority of the growth coming from the prepaid market.
The number of prepaid customers increased by 24.3 percent to 8.3 million and
the number of contract customers increased by 20.2 percent to 1.4 million.
ARPU (average revenue per user) has stabilised and during the period under
review decreased to R177 per month (2003: R183) due to the continued
dilution of ARPU caused by the higher proportion of new, lower prepaid ARPU
connections. Contract customer ARPU has increased by 0.8 percent (2003: 12.3
percent) to 634 rand, while prepaid ARPU remained stable (2003: decreased by 3.2
percent) at 90 rand per customer per month.
Vodacom is continuing to consolidate its network
coverage by extending it to yet uncovered areas and to increase capacity and
quality. It has built up in excess of 5000 base stations countrywide
providing coverage to more than 95% of the population.
Vodacom has also deployed 25 000 active community
service telephones in underdeveloped areas run by 1800 entrepreneurs that
record 80-million call minutes a month.
Vodafone Airtouch - 31,5%
Vodafone AirTouch Plc is the world's largest mobile telecommunications
company and is headquartered in Newbury in the United Kingdom. The company was
formed in June 1999 following a merger between Vodafone Group Plc and AirTouch
Communications,Inc and has interests in mobile telephone networks in 23
countries on four continents. The Vodafone AirTouch proportionate customer base
at the end of June 1999 stood at almost 28 million users, excluding paging
Vodafone Airtouch Plc owns 31,5% of Vodacom
Group (Pty) Ltd.
SA - 50%
Telkom SA Ltd is presently South Africa's sole fixed-line telecommunications
operator. In May 1997 the South African Government sold a 30% stake in Telkom to
SBC Communications and Telekom Malaysia for R5,54 billion.
The telecommunications utility was granted a
five-year exclusivity period during which no competition would be allowed on
fixed-line telephony. In return Telkom and its equity partners have agreed to
deliver 2,8-million new lines and meet service, quality and upgrading targets.
Telkom SA Ltd owns 50% of Vodacom Group (Pty)
Investments (Sold to Venfin 11/2002 for SAR1.2billion)
Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) is a trade union investment
vehicle and is controlled by the SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu)
and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
HCI's market capitalisation has grown from
about R400 million at the time the Mineworker's Investment Company (MIC) and
Sactwu took control to R2,7 billion at present. It has a net asset value of R3,5
billion. Recently it unbundled about R1,5 billion worth of investments to
shareholders, half of this going to trade union backers.
Hosken Consilidated Investments own 5% of
Vodacom Group (Pty) Ltd.
Rembrandt Group Limited
Rembrandt is an investment holding company based in Stellenbosch and
deriving its income mainly from dividends from investments in tobacco products,
banking and financial services, printing and packaging, engineering and motor
components, adhesives, life assurance, medical services, mining, petrochemical
products, portfolio investments, pulp and paper, cellular communications and
Rembrandt Group Limited owns 13,5% of Vodacom
Group (Pty) Ltd.
It covers almost 13 000 km's of national roads, about 80% of the country's
population and 52% of the total land surface.
VODACOM GROUP (Pty) Ltd
Provider Company (Pty) Ltd
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Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Service Providers (not updated)
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