The African FTTH Boom - Last Mile Fibre Dynamics, Economics and Outlook in African Markets - Standard Package

  • ID: 3989502
  • Report
  • Region: Africa
  • 100 Pages
  • Xalam Analytics
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The Total Number of FTTH Connections in Africa Passed the 500k Mark in 2016
  • Africa is in the midst of an FTTH boom - an increasingly loud FTTH revolution that is made even more notable by the unique nature of some of its characteristics. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of homes and premises passed by fibre has more than tripled. The cumulative number of African homes/premises passed by fibre crossed the 1m mark in 2016. We expect it to hit the 2m mark in 2017.
  • These dynamics are analyzed in "The African FTTH Boom, Last Mile Fibre Dynamics, Economics and Outlook in African Markets" - arguably the most comprehensive analysis developed on the rise and impact of FTTH in African markets.
  • The African FTTH Boom takes an extensive look at FTTH adoption patterns across the continent, including key infrastructure, market structure and regulatory drivers along with current and projected levels of homes passed and connected.
  • The report provides a mapping of which markets appear most attractive for an FTTH rollout; it offers an in-depth analysis of the addressable market for FTTH in Africa, from businesses in central business districts to gated communities and beyond. Finally, the report takes a close look at African FTTH economics, from cost of deployment to ARPU, profitability and potential returns, along with the implications of those dynamics on projected rollout and adoption

The insights derived from that our research on African FTTH are distilled in this report, covering critical key questions and points, including:

  • The rise of last mile fibre is transforming Africa’s broadband retail market dynamics - from bandwidth speeds to user experience, pricing models and market share upheavals, it’s a whole new game.
  • The total number of FTTH connections in Africa passed the 500k mark in 2016. Recent growth has been strong: around 75% of Africa’s FTTH connection growth since 2010 has occurred over the past two years.
  • Five markets account for 85% of Africa’s FTTH/P homes passed - South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco and Mauritius. But this boom is about more than the top 5.
  • Supply and demand fundamentals are coming together to push African FTTH. Only around 45% of Africa’s Fixed broadband addressable demand has been reached by fixed broadband access solutions - and only 2% is currently reached by FTTH.
  • We find the notion of an almost mobile-only African connectivity marketplace to be largely fallacious. The rise of FTTH is built on a realization that 3G/4G, ADSL and other technologies just aren’t going to cut it for some use cases.
  • Regulation has been a problem for African FTTH; for the most part, African market structures are not optimized for FTTH roll-outs. That African FTTH is picking up as much as it has been is really more a testimony to the bottled-up potential of demand for ultra high speed connectivity.
  • Africa’s mobile operators have traditionally ignored FTTH. As a result, they have fallen behind. Strategically, we do not believe top tier operators can afford to lose too much ground on FTTH.
  • African FTTH economics are good in the first 1-2 phases of rollout, and much tougher thereafter. Along with regulation, these economics are the biggest risk to all the projections we have made in our report.
  • Our business case analysis reinforces the fact that FTTH at scale is a long, long term game. Investors looking for quick returns and payback periods will not find them here.
  • But providers that stick to it over the long run will hold a nearly unassailable position in Africa’s digital infrastructure market.
  • And more..
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1. AFRICAN FTTH: JUST THE NUMBERS, PLEASE

  • African FTTH - The 1m Homes/Premises Passed Rubicon Has Been Crossed
  • Five Markets are Driving 85% of African FTTH Deployments
  • The Half a Million FTTH Connection Mark Has Been Crossed
  • Country View: Mauritius is Africa’s Largest FTTH Market - but SA is About to Take Over
  • Africa’s FTTH Take-Up Rates - Building Where the Demand Is
  • Africa’s Largest Broadband Markets are Not Necessarily its Largest FTTH/P Markets
  • FTTH Penetration - A Mauritius Outlier, and Few Markets are Above the 1% Household Penetration Mark
  • Early Days: FTTH has Touched Only 2% of the African FBB Addressable Market
  • Early Days: There is a Material Penetration Gap Between FBB and FTTH
  • Sharp Contrasts - A Few Markets Go all FTTH, While Some of the Largest FBB Markets Have Virtually None
  • How African FTTH Compares to Other Regions’ - Still Smallish, but Rising Fast

2. AFRICAN FTTH MARKET DRIVERS, MARKET STRUCTURE & THE IMPACT OF REGULATION

  • What Is Driving Recent African FTTH Growth?
  • "ADSL Doesn’t Cut It" - Wholesale Fibre, Netflix Effect and the Rising Middle Class
  • Other FTTH Drivers - Key Player Strategies and Government Broadband Push
  • African Regulation is a Significant Obstacle to the Rollout of Ultra fast Broadband Infrastructure
  • In Many Markets, Regulatory Action Seems Designed to Prevent Competition in the Broadband Space
  • With a few Exceptions, African Market Structure is not Optimized for Ultra Fast Broadband Growth
  • Breaking Down Optimal FTTH Market Structures
  • What Works Best for FTTH? NBN Models vs. Last Mile Unbundling
  • What Works Best for FTTH? Open Access Wholesale FTTH vs. Closed Access Network Build

3. BREAKING DOWN AFRICAN FTTH DEMAND, FROM PARKHURST TO YOPOUGON

  • African FTTH Demand: From a Population of 1.2bn to an FTTH Addressable Market of ~10m
  • Understanding African FTTH Demand - Households and Businesses, from Parkhurst to Yopougon
  • African FTTH Outlook: In the Short Run, Two Main Phases of Deployments

4. EXPLORING SOME BURNING FTTH QUESTIONS

  • Which African Markets are Ripe for FTTH?
  • The Best FTTH Opportunities are where Broadband is and Fibre Isn’t (Quite Yet)
  • Mature African Broadband Markets Offer the Best Opportunities for FTTH - Others Will Leapfrog
  • How do ADSL, MBB, FWA Impact FTTH - & Vice-Versa?
  • FTTH vs. ADSL - The Self Cannibalization Case
  • FTTH vs. ADSL - The Competitive Cannibalization Case
  • FTTH vs. ADSL - When (and Where) ADSL Keeps Up with FTTH
  • The Last Stalwarts - ADSL Will do Just Fine, Thank You
  • Does MBB Help or Hurt the Fibre Case?
  • FBB Is more of a Precursor of FTTH Potential than MBB is…
  • …But MBB Helps Build the Economic Case for FTTH

5. AFRICAN FTTH CAPEX, PRICING AND CHALLENGING ECONOMICS

  • At a Macro Level, a ~$9bn African Retail Broadband Opportunity
  • African CapEx/Home Passed - Mostly Within Expected Range
  • Africa Needs ~$1bn in Annual CapEx to Hit Our FTTH Roll-Out Projections - High, but Hardly Excessive
  • FTTH Economic Levers - The CapEx/Home Passed Problem
  • FTTH Economic Levers - ARPUs and FTTH Take-Up Rates
  • FTTH Economics - Manageable in Phases 1 & 2, Rather Complicated Thereafter

6. AFRICAN FTTH: PRICING, COMPETITIVE DYNAMICS & MAPPING OUT FUTURE GROWTH

  • FTTH Pricing - No Fibre Premium Here
  • How FTTH Pricing and Speeds Compare to ADSL, Mobile
  • Competitive Dynamics: Top Tier Telcos Can No Longer Ignore FTTH
  • Mapping Out the Outlook for FTTH: East and Southern Africa
  • Mapping Out the Outlook for FTTH: West & North Africa
  • Sample FTTH Deployment Plans

7. AFRICAN FTTH: JUST THE FORECAST, PLEASE

  • African FTTH Homes Passed - Towards the 5m Mark - Perhaps even 10m
  • Africa FTTH - A ~2m FTTH Connection Target for 2020
  • Where is the FTTH Growth?
  • Africa FTTH 2020 - At Least 6 Markets Above the 1% Household Penetration Mark

8. SAMPLE AFRICAN MARKETS FTTH SNAPSHOTS

  • Mauritius FTTH: On Path to Become Africa’s First Gigabit Economy
  • South Africa: Africa’s Deepest Combination of FTTH Demand and Supply Fundamentals
  • Kenya FTTH: Has Done Very Well, but there’s Room for More
  • Tanzania FTTH: Fibre Wholesale Economics Hold Up Potential
  • Zimbabwe FTTH: Somehow Thriving Despite Terrible Macro-Economic Environment
  • Nigeria: An African FTTH Tragedy

List of Exhibits & Charts

  • FTTH Homes Passed in Africa by Region - 2010 - 2016
  • FTTH Homes Passed in Africa by Key Market - 2010 - 2016
  • FTTH Connections in Africa by Region - 2010 - 2016
  • FTTH Connections in Africa by Region - 2010 - 2016
  • FTTH Take-Up in Sample African Markets (FTTH Connections / Homes Passed) - 2016E
  • Africa’s Top 10 Fixed Broadband (FBB) and FTTH Markets - Number of Connections - 2016E
  • FTTH Penetration of Households in African Markets - 2016E
  • FTTH Penetration of Broadband Addressable Market in Sample Countries - 2016E
  • FBB and FTTH Penetration of Broadband Addressable Market in Sample African Regions - 2016E
  • FTTH as % of FBB Connections in African Markets - 2016E
  • FTTH/B/P Connections Around the World - 2015-16E
  • Sample FTTH Demand/Supply Dynamics
  • Breakdown of Africa Broadband and FTTH Addressable Market - 2016E
  • FTTH as % of FBB Connections in African Markets - 2016E
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Connections - Mauritius
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Net New Connections - Mauritius
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Connections - South Africa
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Net New Connections - South Africa
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Connections - Zimbabwe
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Net New Connections - Zimbabwe
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Connections - Cote-d’Ivoire
  • ADSL vs. FTTH Net New Connections - Cote-d’Ivoire
  • MBB Penetration vs. FTTH Penetration and FBB Penetration in 15 African Markets - 2010-2016
  • FTTH CapEx/Home Passed in Sample African and International Projects
  • Cumulative Africa FTTH CapEx Requirements - 2017-2020
  • Africa FTTH CapEx Requirements in Context
  • Up or Down? Evolution of FTTH CapEx/Home Passed
  • FTTH Business Case 1 Free Cash Flows - Narrow Addressable Market (Phase 1 & Phase 2 Only)
  • FTTH Business Case 2 Free Cash Flows - Broader Addressable Market (Phase 2 and Beyond)
  • Monthly Subscription Prices in Sample Markets: FTTH vs. ADSL vs. 3G/4G -
  • Fastest Access Speed Plans Available to Consumers - Fiber vs. Other Broadband Access Options
  • Monthly Price per GB - Fiber vs. Other Broadband Access Options (Consumer Plans)
  • Top 3 MNOs Combined Share of FTTH Market in Sample Countries - - 2016E
  • Sample FTTH Deployment Plans
  • FTTH Homes Passed in Africa - 2016E-2020F
  • FTTH Connections in Africa by Country - 2016F - 2020F
  • Africa’s Top 10 FTTH Markets - Number of Connections - 2016E vs. 2020F
  • FTTH Penetration of Households in African Markets - 2020E
  • Mauritius Key Broadband Indicators - Past 3 Years
  • Mauritius FTTH Penetration of Households vs. Peer Markets - 2016E
  • Mauritius FTTH Outlook (Homes Passed vs. Connections)
  • Mauritius FTTH Context
  • Where Mauritius Fits in the African FTTH Opportunity Mapping
  • South Africa Key Broadband Indicators - Past 3 Years
  • South Africa FTTH Penetration of Households vs. Peer Markets - 2016E
  • South Africa FTTH Outlook (Homes Passed vs. Connections)
  • South Africa FTTH Context
  • Where South Africa Fits in the African FTTH Opportunity Mapping
  • Kenya Key Broadband Indicators - Past 3 Years
  • Kenya FTTH Penetration of Households vs. Peer Markets - 2016E
  • Kenya FTTH Outlook (Homes Passed vs. Connections)
  • Kenya FTTH Context
  • Where Kenya Fits in the African FTTH Opportunity Mapping
  • Tanzania Key Broadband Indicators - Past 3 Years
  • Tanzania FTTH Penetration of Households vs. Peer Markets - 2016E
  • Tanzania FTTH Outlook (Homes Passed vs. Connections)
  • Tanzania FTTH Context
  • Where Tanzania Fits in the African FTTH Opportunity Mapping
  • Zimbabwe Key Broadband Indicators - Past 3 Years
  • Zimbabwe FTTH Penetration of Households vs. Peer Markets - 2016E
  • Zimbabwe FTTH Outlook (Homes Passed vs. Connections)
  • Zimbabwe FTTH Context
  • Where Zimbabwe Fits in the African FTTH Opportunity Mapping
  • Nigeria Key Broadband Indicators - Past 3 Years
  • Nigeria FTTH Penetration of Households vs. Peer Markets - 2016E
  • Nigeria FTTH Outlook (Homes Passed vs. Connections)
  • Nigeria FTTH Context
  • Where Nigeria Fits in the African FTTH Opportunity Mapping
  • Appendix 1 - Africa FTTH Homes Passed Table
  • Appendix 2 - Africa FTTH Connections Table
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