SA smartphone penetration now at over 80%, says ICASA

5 April 2019

Telecoms

South Africa's smartphone penetration has nearly doubled in the last two years and is now sitting at over 80%.

This is according to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA's) new report on the State of ICT Sector in SA 2019, which specifically looks at telecommunications, broadcasting and postal services.

The ICASA report found SA's smartphone penetration was 81.72% as at the end of September 2018, compared to 43.5% in September 2016 and 74.2% in September 2017. ICASA recorded smartphone subscriptions at 46.9 million as at 30 September 2018.

This figure needs to be taken in the context that SA's population was estimated at 57.7 million as at 1 July 2018, according to Statistics South Africa's mid-year population estimates report for 2018.

The penetration rate likely reflects that many South Africans have more than one smartphone, while a significant portion of citizens are still reliant on basic or feature phones. ICASA did not publish feature phone penetration rates. Read the full article on ITWeb here.