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South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4750840
  • Report
  • November 2021
  • Region: South Africa
  • 227 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
South Africa’s MNOs Anticipating Spectrum Auction in 2019

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Broadband InfraCo
  • eFive
  • iBurst (WBS, Blue Label)
  • SEACOM
  • Telkom (Heita, 8ta)
  • Virgin Mobile

South Africa’s MNOs can expect delayed multi-spectrum in early 2022

South Africa’s fixed telecom connections are gradually being migrated from copper to fibre. Telkom expects to complete the process by the end of 2024. As a result, the number of the company’s DSL broadband subscribers has fallen sharply in recent years.

 

Stimulated by demands made on broadband infrastructure during the pandemic, and on the need to improve digital services, the government in late 2021 began working on plans to roll out broadband services nationally by the end of 2023. This would update existing plans by which national coverage were expected to have been reached in 2030. Part of the wider plan includes completing the switchover to digital broadcasting by March 2022, which will release sub-GHz spectrum for mobile broadband services.

 

In addition, national coverage will rely on improved access to mobile broadband. The much-delayed multi-spectrum auction is scheduled by mid-2022. The MNOs have managed to address rising data traffic demand by refarming existing spectrum concessions, though 5G services are still offered under a legacy principle using existing concessions in the 3.5GHz band. Conscious that this is unsatisfactory on a number of levels, the regulator in November 2021 announced plans to issue provisional spectrum licences to MNOs under the new regulations introduced as a response to the pandemic. This will enable licensees to increase capacity and improve service quality. The provisional licences will be in effect until athe full auction is held.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Broadband InfraCo
  • eFive
  • iBurst (WBS, Blue Label)
  • SEACOM
  • Telkom (Heita, 8ta)
  • Virgin Mobile

Key Statistics
Regional Africa Market Comparison
  • Market characteristics
  • Market Leaders
  • Market Challengers
  • Market Emergents
  • TMI vs GDP
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

Country overview
Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market
  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment
  • Historical overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed line developments
  • Mobile network developments

Mobile market
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile voice (VoLTE/Wi-Fi calling)
  • Mobile infrastructure
  • Mobile data
  • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
  • Mobile content and applications

Fixed-line broadband market
  • Market analysis
  • Community access projects
  • Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)
  • Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
  • Broadband statistics
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • Other fixed broadband services
  • Digital economy

Fixed network operators
  • Telkom
  • Neotel

Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • National fibre infrastructure
  • International submarine cables
  • Satellite
  • Next Generation Networks (NGN)
  • Municipal networks

Data centres
Smart infrastructure
  • Smart cities

Appendix Historic dataGlossary of abbreviationsRelated Reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities South Africa 2021 (e)
Table 2 Change in the proportion of households with telecom service by type 2014 2019
Table 3 Development of Telecom sector investment 2015 2020
Table 4 Development of telecom sector investment by sector (ZAR million) 2015 2020
Table 5 Development of telecom sector revenue by service (ZAR billion) 2015 2020
Table 6 Development of total telecom and broadcasting revenue (ZAR billion) 2015 2020
Table 7 Change in fixed revenue by type (ZAR million) 2015 2020
Table 8 Development of mobile sector revenue 2015 2020
Table 9 Change in mobile revenue by sector (ZAR million) 2015 2020
Table 10 Development of mobile prepaid revenue by type (ZAR million) 2015 2020
Table 11 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 12 Change in the number of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers (million) 2015 2020
Table 13 Change in mobile voice traffic by type (billion minutes) 2015 2020
Table 14 Telkom LTE subscribers 2016 2018
Table 15 Increase in the number of LTE devices in service 2018 2020
Table 16 Development of 4G (WiMAX/LTE) population coverage 2012 2020
Table 17 Development of 3G population coverage 2015 2020
Table 18 Growth in the number of M2M connections 2015 2020
Table 19 Growth in SMS traffic 2013 2020
Table 20 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2011 2026
Table 21 Increase in the number of Telkom's mobile broadband subscribers by type 2015 2021
Table 22 Growth in Telkom's mobile broadband revenue 2015 2022
Table 23 Growth in Telkom's mobile data traffic 2015 2021
Table 24 Growth in overall mobile data traffic 2015 2020
Table 25 Growth in the number of mobile data subscribers 2015 2020
Table 26 Development of Vodacom South Africa's mobile revenue (ZAR million) 2011 2021
Table 27 Growth in the number of Vodacom South Africa's subscribers and market share 2010 2021
Table 28 Change in the number of Vodacom South Africa's prepaid and contract subscribers (million) 2017 2021
Table 29 Growth in the number of Vodacom South Africa's mobile data subscribers 2013 2021
Table 30 Development of Vodacom South Africa's mobile ARPU (ZAR/subscriber/month) 2017 2021
Table 31 Change in the number of MTN South Africa's mobile subscribers and market share 2011 2021
Table 32 Change in the number of MTN South Africa's prepaid, contract subscribers (million) 2013 2021
Table 33 Development of MTN South Africa's financial data (ZAR million) 2012 2021
Table 34 Development of MTN South Africa's mobile ARPU (ZAR / month) 2013 2021
Table 35 Change in the number of Cell C mobile subscribers 2013 2021
Table 36 Growth in Cell C's mobile service revenue 2013 2021
Table 37 Increase in Cell C's mobile data revenue 2016 2018
Table 38 Development of Cell C's financial data (ZAR billion) 2016 2021
Table 39 Growth in the number of Telkom's mobile subscribers 2009 2021
Table 40 Growth in the number of Telkom's prepaid and contract mobile subscribers (thousand) 2015 2021
Table 41 Development of Telkom's mobile financial data (ZAR million) 2014 2022
Table 42 Change in Telkom's annual mobile ARPU (ZAR / month) 2014 2022
Table 43 National Broadband Policy penetration targets to 2030
Table 44 Change in fixed internet revenue by type (ZAR million) 2015 2020
Table 45 Development of the Schools Connected program 2016 2020
Table 46 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 47 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by type (thousand) 2015 2020
Table 48 Change in the number of Telkom's broadband subscribers 2011 2021
Table 49 Growth in Telkom's fixed data traffic 2014 2021
Table 50 Change in the number of Telkom's DSL subscribers by type 2016 2019
Table 51 Change in Telkom's fixed copper and fibre broadband subscribers 2017 2021
Table 52 Increase in the number of Telkom South Africa's fibre ports 2017 2021
Table 53 Telkom South Africa fibre premises passed 2016 2019
Table 54 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2013 2020
Table 55 Change in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2017 2020
Table 56 Development of Telkom Group's financial results (ZAR million) 2010 2022
Table 57 Change in Telkom Group's capex by type (ZAR million) 2017 2022
Table 58 Development of Telkom's data revenue 2010 2021
Table 59 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Table 60 Change in the number of fixed lines in service by type 2015 2020
Table 61 Decline in fixed-line voice traffic (billion minutes) 2015 2020
Table 62 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2014 2020
Table 63 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in South Africa 1999 2010
Table 64 Historic - Vodacom South Africa subscribers and market share 2002 2010
Table 65 Historic - MTN South Africa subscribers and market share 2002 2010
Table 66 Historic - Average internet access speed 2010 2015
Table 67 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2002 2010
Table 68 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa 1999 2015
Table 69 Historic -Telkom South Africa broadband subscribers 2003 2010
Table 70 Historic - Telkom fixed broadband subscribers by type 2016 2018
Table 71 Historic - Telkom South Africa WiMAX subscribers 2008 2014
Table 72 Historic - Telkom data revenue 2002 2010
Table 73 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in South Africa 2000 2010
Table 74 Historic - International internet bandwidth 2000 2013
List of Charts
Chart 1 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders
Chart 2 Africa Market Leaders global ranking
Chart 3 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers
Chart 4 Africa Market Challengers global ranking
Chart 5 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents
Chart 6 Africa Market Emergents global ranking
Chart 7 Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 8 Africa - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Africa - fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Change in the proportion of households with telecom service by type 2014 2019
Chart 11 Development of telecom sector investment by sector 2015 2020
Chart 12 Development of telecom sector revenue by service 2015 2020
Chart 13 Change in fixed revenue by type 2015 2020
Chart 14 Change in mobile revenue by sector 2015 2020
Chart 15 Development of mobile prepaid revenue by type 2015 2020
Chart 16 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 17 Change in the number of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2015 2020
Chart 18 Change in mobile voice traffic by type 2015 2020
Chart 19 Development of 4G (WiMAX/LTE) population coverage 2012 2020
Chart 20 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2011 2026
Chart 21 Increase in the number of Telkom's mobile broadband subscribers by type 2015 2021
Chart 22 Development of Vodacom South Africa's mobile revenue 2011 2021
Chart 23 Change in the number of Vodacom South Africa's prepaid and contract subscribers 2017 2021
Chart 24 Growth in the number of Vodacom South Africa's mobile data subscribers 2013 2021
Chart 25 Development of Vodacom South Africa's mobile ARPU 2017 2021
Chart 26 Change in the number of MTN South Africa's mobile subscribers and market share 2011 2021
Chart 27 Change in the number of MTN South Africa's prepaid, contract subscribers 2013 2021
Chart 28 Development of MTN South Africa's financial data 2012 2021
Chart 29 Development of MTN South Africa's mobile ARPU 2013 2021
Chart 30 Change in the number of Cell C mobile subscribers 2013 2021
Chart 31 Growth in Cell C's mobile service revenue 2013 2021
Chart 32 Development of Cell C's financial data 2016 2021
Chart 33 Growth in the number of Telkom's prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2015 2021
Chart 34 Development of Telkom's mobile financial data 2014 2022
Chart 35 Change in Telkom's mobile ARPU 2014 2022
Chart 36 Change in fixed internet revenue by type 2015 2020
Chart 37 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 38 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by type 2015 2020
Chart 39 Growth in the number of Telkom's broadband subscribers 2011 2021
Chart 40 Growth in Telkom's fixed data traffic 2014 2021
Chart 41 Change in the number of Telkom's DSL subscribers by type 2016 2019
Chart 42 Change in Telkom's fixed copper and fibre broadband subscribers 2017 2021
Chart 43 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2013 2020
Chart 44 Development of Telkom Group's financial results 2014 2022
Chart 45 Change in Telkom Group's capex by type 2017 2022
Chart 46 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Chart 47 Change in the number of fixed lines in service by type 2015 2020
Chart 48 Decline in fixed-line voice traffic 2015 2020
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of Telecom Maturity Index global ranking among countries in Africa
Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 3 Africa Market Leaders and market developments
Exhibit 4 Africa Market Challengers and market developments
Exhibit 5 Africa Market Emergents and market developments
Exhibit 6 2Africa landing stations
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  • Vodacom
  • MTN (MTN Network Solutions)
  • Cell C
  • Telkom (Heita, 8ta)
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Neotel
  • Atlantic Internet Services
  • Business Connexion
  • Internet Solutions
  • Verizon Business
  • MWEB
  • Vox Telecom (DataPro)
  • Sentech
  • iBurst (WBS, Blue Label)
  • Liquid Telecom South Africa (Neotel, Tata)
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Broadband InfraCo
  • Transtel
  • Eskom
  • SEACOM
  • Transtel
  • Eskom
  • SITA
  • Sentech
  • Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)
  • FibreCo
  • eFive
  • WASACE
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