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Internet services drives SA telecoms growth

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The total income for the post and telecommunications industry in 2013 was R276,3-billion. The largest contributor to the total income was telecommunications at R262,2-billion, or 95% with post and associated courier activities at R14,2-billion, or 5%.
The total sales of goods and services, at R266,9-billion, represents an increase of 4,4% per annum over sales of goods and services reported in the corresponding survey of 2010, at R234,5-billion.
This according to figures released this week by Statistics SA.
The total number of people employed in the post and telecommunications industry at the end of June 2013 was 107 000. Telecommunications employed the largest number, 70 229 or 66%.
Employment in the post and telecommunications industry increased by 6% per annum compared with the number of employees reported in the corresponding survey of 2010, when the figure was 89 859.
Casual employees (8 766) recorded the highest increase of 74,4% per annum over the number (1 653) reported in the corresponding survey of 2010. While permanent employees (82 693) recorded a decrease of 0,6% per annum over the number (84 248) reported in the corresponding survey of 2010.
The proportion of females out of the total persons employed was 39% compared to 41% reported in the corresponding survey of 2010.
The total income from Internet services in telecommunications was R35,1-billion, which represents an increase of 8,6% per annum over income from Internet services reported in the corresponding survey of 2010 (R27,3-billion). The largest contributors to income from internet services was “data revenue – wireless”, at R19,7-billion, or 56,2%, and “data revenue – fixed” at R11-billion, or 31,3%.
Income from “data revenue – wireless” also recorded the highest increase of 14,2% per annum over the value (R13,2 billion) reported in the corresponding survey of 2010.