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Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts - South Africa


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South Africa - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

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. 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. With its fixed-line network reaching less than 10% of the population, Telkom has reacted by launching its own mobile network, but the incumbent is also coming under increased pressure from competition in the fibre optic sector.

The landing of four new international submarine fibre-optic cables in South Africa between 2009 and 2012 has brought down the cost of international bandwidth dramatically. Previously, Telkom had been monopolising access to the only major cable serving the country. Several additional cables with terabit capacity are expected to go online in 2014.

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.

Key developments:

Cost of international fibre bandwidth has collapsed since monopoly ended;
More room for price reductions on retail level;
Local loop unbundling (LLU) may create new opportunities for fixed broadband;
Innovative wireless broadband services amidst spectrum allocation delays;
Google tests wireless broadband using White Space' spectrum;
Telkom assesses plans to convert public payphones into WiFi hotspots;
MTN connects first customers to its FttP network;
MWEB launched Fon-enabled WiFi routers.

Companies covered in this report:

Telkom SA, Neotel, Vodacom, MTN Network Solutions, Cell C, Atlantic Internet Services, Business Connexion, Internet Solutions, Verizon Business, MWEB, Vox Telecom (DataPro), Sentech, iBurst (WBS, Blue Label).


1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Internet statistics
2.2 Internet demographics
2.3 Community access projects
2.3.1 Microsoft Digital Villages and telecentres
2.3.2 The Smart Cape Access Project
2.3.3 Intel's World Ahead' initiative
3. South Africa's ISP market
3.1 Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)
3.1.1 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
3.2 Selected major ISPs
3.2.1 Atlantic Internet Services
3.2.2 Business Connexion
3.2.3 Internet Solutions (IS)
3.2.4 MTN Network Solutions
3.2.5 MWEB
3.2.6 TelkomInternet, SAIX
3.2.7 Vox Telecom (DataPro)
4. Broadband market
4.1 Overview
4.1.1 Broadband statistics
4.1.2 International internet bandwidth
4.2 ADSL
4.2.1 Major retailers
4.2.2 Tariffs
4.2.3 Wholesale
4.2.4 ADSL2+
4.2.5 VDSL
4.3 Wireless broadband
4.3.1 WiFi
4.3.2 WiMAX
4.3.3 EV-DO
4.3.4 Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA)
4.3.5 MyWireless (Sentech) decommissioned
4.3.6 iBurst (WBS, Blue Label)
4.3.7 White Space spectrum
4.4 3G and 4G mobile broadband
4.5 Broadband via satellite
4.6 Broadband over powerlines (BPL)
4.7 Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP)
5. Forecasts
5.1 Forecast Internet users 2015, 2018
5.2 Forecast Broadband subscribers 2015, 2018
5.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa 1999 - 2004
Table 2 Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa 2005 - 2014
Table 3 Telkom DSL subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 4 Fixed-line broadband subscribers in South Africa 2002 - 2014
Table 5 Total broadband subscribers in South Africa 2004 - 2014
Table 6 South Africa's international internet bandwidth 2001 - 2013
Table 7 Telkom South Africa ADSL subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 8 Telkom South Africa residential ADSL tariffs 2014
Table 9 Telkom South Africa WiMAX subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 10 Neotel South Africa WiMAX tariffs 2013
Table 11 WAPA South Africa industry survey 2006 - 2008
Table 12 Sentech MyWireless subscribers in South Africa 2005 - 2008
Table 13 iBurst subscribers in South Africa 2005 - 2012
Table 14 Forecast Internet users in South Africa 2015; 2018
Table 15 Forecast broadband subscribers in South Africa 2015; 2018
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa 2002 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Large ISPA members March 2013

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