"South Africa Telecommunications Report Q4 2014" is now available at Fast Market Research

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri Sep 05 2014

The arrival of MrP Mobile and the possible entry of more MVNOs will impact on overall competition dynamics in the mobile market. The increasing fragmentation of the mobile sector amid market saturation (penetration rate reached 151% in H114) will intensify price competition in the basic voice and data markets and, consequently, increase the downward pressure on operators' ARPUs. This scenario is in line with BMI's view that operators must move quickly to develop new revenue streams to offset the impact of declining voice revenue growth.

Key Data

* The mobile market grew by 4% q-o-q in Q212 to bring total growth in H114 to 8.1%.
* Market average ARPU declined by 13.6% in H114 to its lowest level ever following the the implementation of lower interconnection rates in April 2014.
* The fixed-line incumbent operator, Telkom SA, reported a 4.8% y-o-y decline in fixed telephony subscriptions in the 12 months to March 2014, offsetting positive growth recorded by alternative operators.
* Total ADSL subscriptions grew by 6.5% in the year to March 2014.

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Risk/Reward Ratings

South Africa moved up one place into 4 th position in this quarter's update to BMI's Risk/Reward Ratings for Sub-Saharan Africa, although its aggregate score was unchanged at 52. South Africa remains one of the region's most developed markets and operators boast a healthier subscriber mix than much of the rest of the region, keeping its scores above the regional average. However, its more mature mobile market means that growth prospects are slower than many of its neighbours and we expect operators to diversify their revenue streams in order to sustain revenue growth.

Key Trends & Developments

MrP Mobile launched commercial operations in July 2014 over the network of mobile operator Cell C, using technology from mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) MVN-X, a subsidiary of Durban-based Ignition Group. The service is backed by JSE-listed fashion retailer Mr Price, which in the last...

The South Africa Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of South Africa's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's South Africa Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in South Africa.

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