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South Africa telecoms market report 2021

21 May 2021 | Research

Alex Boisot

Country report | PPTX and PDF (24 slides); Excel | The Middle East and Africa


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This country report and accompanying data annex provide a comprehensive overview of South Africa's telecoms market, including KPIs and data on subscribers, penetration, revenue and ARPU. The report analyses the strategies of major players in the country's fixed and mobile telecoms markets, and includes market share data and operators' infrastructure status.

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Company coverage

This report includes information on the following players in South Africa's telecoms market.

  • Cell C
  • MultiChoice
  • MTN
  • MWEB
  • Neotel Liquid Telecom
 
  • Rain
  • Telkom
  • Vodacom
  • Vox Telecom

 

Data coverage

Analysys Mason's country report data annexes provide a range of key metrics for each country's telecoms market. Figures are supplied for each year since 2006. The data annex was last updated in July 2021 to include 1Q 2021 data. Metrics include the following.

Connections

  • Mobile:
    • total (handset plus mobile broadband, excluding IoT), total including IoT
    • handset: smartphone, basic, smartphone share of handsets
    • mobile broadband
    • total, handset and broadband: 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G (and 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G share)
    • total and handset: prepaid, contract and prepaid share
    • IoT
    • penetration: total, prepaid, contract, handset, smartphone, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Fixed:
    • voice: narrowband, VoBB, dial-up
    • broadband: ADSL/VDSL, FTTP/B, cable modem, FWA, 5G FWA, other technologies
    • penetration (business sites and households): voice, broadband (DSL, FTTP/B, cable modem, FWA, other technologies)
  • Pay TV

 

Traffic

  • Mobile:
    • mobile-originated voice minutes
    • outgoing MoU per connection
    • cellular data: total, per connection
    • messages sent: total, per connection
  • Fixed:
    • fixed-originated minutes
    • outgoing MoU per active connection

 

Network-independent metrics

  • GDP
  • Population
  • Households
  • Business sites
  • Exchange rates

 

Operator-level metrics/market share

  • Mobile:
    • connections: total, prepaid, contract (and associated market share and year-on-year changes)
    • service revenue: total, voice, data (and associated market share), data share of service revenue
    • ARPU: total, voice, data
  • Fixed:
    • broadband subscribers (and associated market share, net additions and year-on-year changes)
    • broadband retail revenue
    • broadband ASPU
  • Pay TV:
    • connections
    • retail revenue
 

Service revenue

  • Mobile:
    • total
    • share of GDP
    • per capita per month
    • prepaid, contract, prepaid share
    • voice, messaging, data, data share
  • Fixed:
    • total (retail plus wholesale)
    • share of GDP
    • per capita per month

 

Retail revenue

  • Mobile:
    • total
    • share of GDP
    • per capita per month
    • per GB
    • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G (and 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G share)
    • voice, voice per minute
    • data, data per GB, messaging 
    • handset, handset data
    • mobile broadband
    • IoT
  • Fixed:
    • total
    • share of GDP
    • per capita per month
    • voice
    • dedicated connections
    • broadband: ADSL/VDSL, FTTP/B, cable modem, FWA, 5G FWA, other technologies
  • ICT services
  • Pay TV

 

Wholesale revenue

  • Mobile
  • Fixed

 

ASPU

  • Mobile:
    • total
    • voice
    • data
    • mobile broadband
    • IoT
    • handset: total, voice, messaging, data, data from smartphones
  • Fixed:
    • voice
    • broadband

 

ARPU

  • Mobile:
    • total
    • prepaid, contract
    • voice
    • data
    • handset: voice, messaging

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