South Africa - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Analysis

South Africa's broadband market has taken off after years in which it had been held back by an expensive operating environment created by Telkom's dominance in the fixed-line and international bandwidth market. Wireless broadband services have carved out market share from existing ADSL offerings, though this is dominated by mobile network operators. Several WiMAX networks have been shut down as consumers migrate to 3G and LTE mobile networks for internet connectivity. Given that its fixed-line network reaches less than 10% of the population, Telkom has responded to these market pressures by launching its own mobile network, and so is able to tap into burgeoning consumer demand for internet services and mobile broadband. At the same time, Telkom is also facing increased competition in the fibre optic sector.

The landing of four international submarine fibre-optic cables in South Africa between 2009 and 2012 has brought down the cost of international bandwidth dramatically. Additional cables with terabit capacity have come on stream during the last three years. Previously, Telkom monopolised access to the only major cable serving the country, and so was able to demand very high access prices.

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:

Department of Telecommunications allocated ZAR1.4 billion from the 2015 budget to pursue broadband initiatives; Telkom makes bid to buy BCX for ZAR2.7 billion; Multisource makes bid to acquire iBurst and WBS; Vox Telecom's owners cancel plans to sell up; Neotel halves price of fibre broadband; cost of international fibre bandwidth reduced following end of monopoly; LLU creates new opportunities for fixed broadband players; 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 launches Fon-enabled WiFi routers; Vumatel extends open-access network offering 1Gb/s services.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telkom, 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 Broadband over powerlines (BPL)
4.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
4.5 Wireless broadband
4.5.1 WiFi
4.5.2 WiMAX
4.5.3 EV-DO
4.5.4 Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA)
4.5.5 MyWireless (Sentech) decommissioned
4.5.6 iBurst (WBS, Blue Label)
4.5.7 White Space spectrum
4.6 3G and 4G mobile broadband
4.7 Broadband via satellite
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 - 2015
Table 3 Telkom DSL subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 4 Fixed-line broadband subscribers in South Africa 2002 - 2015
Table 5 Total broadband subscribers in South Africa 2004 - 2015
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 2015
Table 9 Telkom South Africa WiMAX subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 10 Neotel South Africa WiMAX tariffs 2014
Table 11 WAPA South Africa industry survey 2006 - 2008
Table 12 Sentech MyWireless subscribers in South Africa (historic) 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 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Large ISPA members

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