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South Africa Telecommunications Report

Investment in fibre optic network infrastructure will enable South Africa’s telecoms service providers to diversify their product offerings for corporate and residential customers, and create new revenue streams to offset the disruptive impact of regulatory interventions and competition dynamics on traditional service revenues. In addition to enterprise solutions, residential services such as I PTV and VoD services will grow rapidly in the coming years on the back of these network infrastructure rollouts as well as the growing demand for convergence services by consumers.

Key Data

  • The mobile market grew by 2.6% q-o-q in Q314 to bring total growth in 9M14 to 15.2%.
  • Market average ARPU declined by 1.1% in Q314 following an improved performance by some of the operators.
  • The fixed-line incumbent operator, Telkom SA, reported a 4.8% y-o-y decline in fixed telephony subscriptions in the 12 months to September 2014, offsetting positive growth recorded by alternative operators.
  • Total ADSL subscriptions grew by 7.4% in the year to September 2014.

Risk/Reward Ratings

South Africa moved up one place into 3rd position in this quarter’s update to BMI’s Risk/Reward Ratings for Sub-Saharan Africa, behind Gabon and Nigeria, following a 1pt increase in its aggregate score. South Africa remains one of the region’s most developed markets and operators boast a healthier subscriber mix than much of the rest of the region, keeping its scores above the regional average. However, its more mature mobile market means that growth prospects are slower than many of its neighbours and we expect operators to diversify their revenue streams in order to sustain revenue growth.

Key Trends & Developments

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The South Africa Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)’s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of South Africa’s ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI’s South Africa Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in South Africa.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI’s independent telecoms industry forecasts for South Africa to test other views – a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the South African telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in South Africa’s telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in South Africa.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ICT, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI’s Telecommunications Business Environment Rankings provides a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) in the regional telecoms market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-Line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; mobile phone subscribers/100 fixed line subscribers.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and value-added handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators. Including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
  • Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. The latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

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