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

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Oct 2016

Category :

Broadband

No. of Pages : 95 Pages

South Africa’s telecom sector boasts one of the continent’s most advanced networks in terms of technology deployed and services provided. Nevertheless, the fixed-line infrastructure for many years suffered from under-investment by the monopoly incumbent Telkom. The poor level of service encouraged the growth of the mobile sector for the provision of voice and data services. As a result, the mobile sector has become a key driver of the overall market. As well as carrying most voice traffic, mobile networks account for 97% of all internet connections.

Under a converging regulatory regime, hundreds of alternative service providers have been able to enter the market to offer a range of services, while the main mobile operators Vodacom, MTN and Cell C have invested heavily in their own backhaul fibre as well as on consumer services based on FttP. In addition, many municipalities, including the country’s largest cities, are implementing their own metropolitan fibre and wireless broadband networks.

The end of Telkom’s monopoly on international submarine fibre optic cables also reduced the cost of telecom services dramatically. A new cable, expected to come online in 2017, with further increase international bandwidth and so improve services generally.

A notable regulatory matter currently shaping the market include mergers and acquisitions, the licensing of LTE spectrum anticipated in early 2017, progress with the transition to digital broadcasting and the reassignment of digital dividend spectrum for mobile broadband use, the unbundling of the local loop (ULL, or LLU), and the reduction of interconnect charges.

South Africa’s mature mobile market has seen rapid growth since competition was introduced to the sector in the 1990s. SIM card penetration by late 2016 was approaching 160%, driven partly by the popularity of multiple card use as also by the popular take-up of mobile broadband services. LTE services will be bolstered by the 2017 auction of additional spectrum in several bands. These services will go far to realising the government’s ambitious broadband connectivity program to 2030.

Key developments:

  • Regulator seeks to raise ZAR100 billion for ICT projects by increasing USAF levy to 1% of operator revenue;
  • Vox Telecom planning national long-distance fibre network in eastern areas;
  • Liquid Telecom acquires Neotel for ZAR6.55 billion;
  • Work begins on the Modderfontein Smart city development;
  • Vodacom contracts Alcatel-Lucent to build a GPON FttP converged network.
  • Department of Telecommunications allocates ZAR1.4 billion to pursue broadband initiatives;
  • Multisource acquires WBS;
  • Vumatel extends open-access network offering 1Gb/s services.
  • Regulator forced to push back LTE spectrum auction to May 2017;
  • Vodacom and MTN trial LTE-Unlicensed services;
  • Vodacom and MTN end mobile money services in South Africa;
  • Cell C launches commercial LTE-A services;
  • Revised MTRs set to September 2017;
  • SMS platform facing stiffening competition from WhatsApp and other OTT services;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s 2015 market report, telcos’ operational and financial data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

1. Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview

3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Network rollout obligations
3.3 Regulatory authority
3.4 Telecommunications Amendment Act
3.5 Regulation of Interception of Communications Act 2002
3.6 Electronic Communications Act and ICASA Amendment Act
3.7 Converged licensing regime
3.8 New Companies Act
3.9 Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF)
3.10 Interconnection
3.11 Registration of subscriber details
3.12 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.12.1 Overview
3.12.2 Privatisation of Telkom
3.12.3 PTN licences
3.12.4 The ‘Big Bang’
3.12.5 Under-Serviced Area Licences (USALs)
3.12.6 InfraCo licences
3.12.7 Number Portability (NP)
3.12.8 Carrier pre-selection (CPS)
3.12.9 Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
3.12.10 International gateways
3.12.11 Least Cost Routing (LCR)

4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Telkom
4.2 Neotel

5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.2 National fibre infrastructure
5.2.1 Broadband InfraCo
5.2.2 Dark Fibre Africa
5.2.3 FibreCo
5.3 International submarine cables
5.4 Satellite
5.5 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
5.6 Municipal networks
5.6.1 Knysna – Africa’s first municipal network
5.6.2 City of Tshwane
5.6.3 City of Johannesburg
5.6.4 Ekurhuleni (East Rand)
5.6.5 City of Cape Town
5.6.6 eThekwini (Durban)
5.6.7 Gauteng Link
5.7 Data centres
5.8 Smart infrastructure
5.8.1 Smart cities

6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Community access projects
6.1.3 Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)
6.1.4 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
6.1.5 Broadband statistics
6.1.6 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
6.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.2.1 Introduction
6.2.2 Wholesale
6.2.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.3 Other fixed broadband services
6.3.1 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
6.3.2 Fixed wireless

7. Digital media
7.1 Digital TV
7.1.1 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT)
7.1.2 Digital satellite TV
7.1.3 High Definition TV (HDTV)
7.2 Videostreaming
7.3 Interactive TV (iTV)
7.3.1 MultiChoice iTV
7.4 Online radio
7.5 Online retail
7.6 Online gambling
7.7 Social media
7.8 E-books, Mobizines
7.9 Broadcasting licences
7.10 Broadcast signal distributors
7.10.1 Background
7.10.2 Sentech
7.10.3 Orbicom
7.10.4 Communications: VoiP
7.10.5 Cloud services

8. Digital economy
8.1 E-learning
8.2 E-government
8.3 E-health
8.4 E-banking
8.5 Call centres

9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile voice (VoLTE/Wi-Fi calling
9.2.3 Mobile data
9.2.4 Mobile broadband
9.2.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Spectrum
9.3.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
9.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3.4 International gateways
9.3.5 SIM card registration
9.3.6 Quality of service (QoS)
9.3.7 Market liberalisation and licence obligations
9.3.8 Community service telephones (CST)
9.3.9 Infrastructure sharing
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Digital networks
9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.4.3 M2M networks
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Vodacom South Africa
9.5.2 MTN South Africa
9.5.3 Cell C
9.5.4 Telkom Mobile (8ta)
9.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
9.5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
9.6.2 Mobile TV
9.6.3 Mobile music
9.6.4 CellBook
9.6.5 m-banking
9.6.6 m-money
9.6.7 m-commerce
9.6.8 m-gaming
9.6.9 m-health
9.6.10 Mobile advertising
9.6.11 Location-based services (LBS)
9.6.12 Manobi
9.6.13 Mobile social media
9.7 Mobile handsets

List of Table

Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2016
Table 4 – Internet and broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 – Telecom sector value added revenue and contribution to GDP – 2010 - 2015
Table 8 – Telecom sector investment – 2015
Table 9 – Telecom sector retail revenue by service – 2015
Table 10 – Telkom principal shareholders – March 2016
Table 11 – Telkom Group financial results – 2008; 2009 - 2016
Table 12 – Telkom - fixed line data revenue and annual change – 2002 - 2016
Table 13 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in South Africa – 2000 - 2017
Table 14 – South Africa’s international internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2015
Table 15 – National Broadband Policy penetration targets to 2030
Table 16 – Average internet access speed – 2010 - 2015
Table 17 – Internet revenue by sector – 2015
Table 18 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa – 1999 - 2009
Table 19 – Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa – 2010 - 2017
Table 20 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in South Africa – 2002 - 2016
Table 21 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers in South Africa – 2015; 2018; 2021
Table 22 – Telkom South Africa DSL subscribers – 2003 - 2016
Table 23 – Telkom South Africa residential ADSL tariffs – 2016
Table 24 – Telkom DSL subscribers – 2013 - 2016
Table 25 – Telkom South Africa WiMAX subscribers – 2008 - 2014
Table 26 – Mobile revenue by sector – 2015
Table 27 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in South Africa – 1999 - 2009
Table 28 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in South Africa – 2010 - 2017
Table 29 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
Table 30 – Forecast mobile subscribers in South Africa – 2015; 2018; 2021
Table 31 – Vodacom South Africa M2M connections – 2011 - 2015
Table 32 – Vodacom South Africa mobile revenue – 2010 - 2016
Table 33 – Vodacom South Africa subscribers and market share – 2002 - 2016
Table 34 – Vodacom South Africa mobile data subscribers – 2013 - 2016
Table 35 – Vodacom South Africa key statistics – 2014 - 2016
Table 36 – MTN South Africa subscribers and market share – 2002 - 2016
Table 37 – MTN South Africa financial data – 2012 - 2016
Table 38 – MTN South Africa key statistics – quarter ended June 2016
Table 39 – Cell C mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2015
Table 40 – Telkom mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2016
Table 41 – Telkom mobile financial data – 2014 - 2016
Table 42 – Telkom mobile ARPU – 2014 - 2016
Table 43 – Telkom fixed and mobile data traffic – 2014 - 2016
Table 44 – Vodacom South Africa active data devices by type – 2012 – 2014

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in South Africa – 2005 - 2017
Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa – 2005 - 2017
Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in South Africa – 2005 - 2017
Chart 4 – Vodacom South Africa mobile revenue – 2010 – 2016
Exhibit 1 – Large ISPA members
Exhibit 2 – Spotlight on Vodacom GSM community payphones

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