Market Research Logo

South Africa - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

South Africa - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

For many years South Africa's broadband market was held back by an expensive operating environment created by Telkom's dominance in the fixed-line market and in access to international bandwidth. This has begun to change, supported by the licensing of Neotel as a second fixed-line operator, as also by the involvement of mobile network operators such as Vodacom and Cell C in the fibre market. Wireless broadband services have carved out market share from existing DSL offerings, though the sector is dominated by mobile networks: about 95% of all internet connections are through mobile networks. Despite a growing footprint, the government's plan to provide national broadband coverage is largely based on mobile technologies.

The landing of international submarine cables since 2009 has brought down the cost of international bandwidth dramatically, and so led to lower end-user pricing. An additional cable providing connectivity to India, Brazil and onto the USA will come on stream by the end of 2020. Previously, Telkom monopolised access to the only major cable serving the country, and so was able to demand very high access prices but end-user pricing is now a fraction of what it was and will come down further in coming years as bandwidth is increased.

Key developments:

Telkom FttC infrastructure passing close to three million premises;
Cell C extends wholesale fibre partnerships;
MTN acquires Smart Village, expands fibre network reach;
Afrihost launches FttP services over Vumatel's open-access fibre infrastructure;
Telkom converts public payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots;
Vumatel extends open-access network offering 1Gb/s services;
Report update includes the regulator's March 2019 report on the ICT sector, operator data to September 2018.

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).


List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 National Broadband Policy penetration targets to 2030
Table 2 Average internet access speed 2010 2015
Table 3 Internet revenue by type 2015 2018
Table 4 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa 1999 2009
Table 5 Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa 2010 2022
Table 6 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in South Africa 2002 2018
Table 7 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers in South Africa 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 8 Telkom South Africa broadband subscribers 2003 2018
Table 9 Telkom fixed data traffic 2014 2018
Table 10 Telkom DSL subscribers 2015 2018
Table 11 Telkom fixed broadband subscribers by type 2016 2018
Table 12 DSL subscriptions 2015 2018
Table 13 Telkom South Africa fibre broadband subscribers 2016 2018
Table 14 Telkom South Africa fibre premises passed 2016 2018
Table 15 Telkom South Africa fibre ports by type 2017 2018
Table 16 Fibre broadband subscribers 2013 2018
Table 17 Telkom South Africa WiMAX subscribers 2008 2014List of Charts
Chart 1 Internet revenue by type 2015 2018
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in South Africa 2005 2022
Chart 3 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in South Africa 2005 2018

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report