South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts adds "South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts" report to its research store.

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in South Africa’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:

  • Key statistics;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and regulatory environment;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
  • Infrastructure development;
  • National and metropolitan fibre rollouts;
  • International submarine fibre optic cables;
  • Mobile voice and data markets, including 3G and 4G;
  • Internet development;
  • Broadband, including 3G mobile;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU) and churn;
  • Internet and broadband development and growth;
  • Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;
  • Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile);
  • Electronic banking and m-banking services;
  • Digital Media and Digital Economy.
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Mergers and acquisitions in Africa’s leading telecoms market

South Africa’s telecom sector boasts the continent’s most advanced networks in terms of technology deployed and services provided. In a virtually saturated voice market, four mobile networks – Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom SA – are competing for market share in the next growth wave, mobile broadband. 3G/4G mobile services now rival DSL fixed-line offerings in terms of both speed and price and have consequently outpaced them in terms of subscriber growth. Five different LTE networks have been launched, although their introduction was initially back by delays with suitable frequency spectrum allocations.

Mobile SIM card penetration is well above 100% of the population, driven by separate subscriptions for voice and data services. There has been speculation about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) among the smaller players, and major infrastructure sharing deals have been concluded. Several Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) are preparing to enter the market in 2014, although the few existing ones have so far failed to have a major impact.

South Africa’s Internet and Broadband market has taken off after years of stagnation due to an expensive operating environment created by Telkom SA’s dominance in the fixed-line and international bandwidth market. A new converged licensing regime has created hundreds of companies licensed to offer Internet services. There has been consolidation in the sector which is expected to continue. Wireless broadband services have carved out market share from existing ADSL offerings, but several WiMAX networks are now being shut down as consumers migrate to 3G and 4G mobile services.

Market highlights:

  • Consolidation among smaller mobile operators;
  • Neotel takeover by Vodacom;
  • Five commercial LTE services launched, more to follow;
  • Several MVNOs are preparing to enter the market;
  • Legal battle around interconnection charges;
  • Telkom writes off legacy assets, invests billions into broadband infrastructure;
  • Many national and metropolitan fibre network rollouts, including FttH;
  • Cost of international fibre bandwidth has collapsed since monopoly ended;
  • New international fibre optic submarine cables planned for 2014;
  • Innovative wireless broadband services amidst spectrum allocation delays;
  • Google tests wireless broadband using 'White Space' spectrum;
  • Switchover to Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) in 2014/15;
  • Very competitive mobile banking sector;
  • Emerging cloud services.

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Companies covered in this report:

Telkom SA (Heita, 8ta), Neotel, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Virgin Mobile, Broadband InfraCo, Transtel, Eskom, SITA, Sentech, Orbicom, Amobia, Dark Fibre Africa, Seacom, FibreCo, eFive, WASACE, Internet Solutions, Atlantic Internet Services, Business Connexion, Verizon Business, MWEB, Vox Telecom (DataPro), iBurst (WBS, Blue Label), MultiChoice, Goal Technology Solutions (GTS), SmartVillage, Vodacom Business, MTN Business (Verizon Business, UUNet), MWEB, Vox Telecom, Storm Telecom, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), MXit, Naspers, Media24, Standard Bank, First National Bank, ABSA, Nedbank, Barclays Bank, Orange.

Major points from Table of Contents ( are listed below:

Table of Contents

1. Key Statistics

2. Telecommunications Market
3. Regulatory Environment
4. Fixed Network Market
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
6. Internet Market
7. Broadband Market
8. Digital Media/ Digital Economy
9. Mobile Communications
10. Forecasts
List of Tables

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