Larry Claasen
3 minute read
17 Sep 2020
8:27 am

Lockdown leads to data boom

Larry Claasen

Increase in sales did not necessarily lead to big increases in overall earnings.

South Africa - Durban - 21- MAY- 2019 - A man walking passed MTN store in Gateway Picture Bongani Mbatha / African News Agency (ANA)

On the face of it, the Covid-19 lockdown was an inadvertent blessing for South Africa’s telecom operators. With people stuck at home for the five weeks of the hard lockdown from March 27 to April 1, it would have been easy to think that the likes of MTN, Vodacom and Telkom would have gained from them posting on social media and streaming shows to their phones. Unlike other parts of the economy, the telecoms sector had an advantage in that under the national disaster regulations, it could continue to operate. Operators also had the advantage of the government giving them...