Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "South Africa Telecommunications Report Q1 2016", is now available at Fast Market Research

[ClickPress, Mon Nov 30 2015] We have revised significantly our mobile forecasts for the South African market as the market grew much faster than anticipated in the H1 2015 period. We have revised both our forecasts for the mobile market growth and for 3G and 4G services uptake. We are now forecasting a much higher rate of growth. Furthermore, we are carefully monitor the competitive dynamics of the South African mobile market as we believe 2016 will be the year of major consolidation as fixed line provider, Telekom South Africa looks to acquire major wireless provider Cell C whereas Vodacom looks to acquire ISP provider Neotel.

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The South African mobile market grew higher than forecasted in H1 2015 as the market added impressive 3mn+ subscribers. We have now positively revised our projections for the course of our forecast period and are now estimating over 90mn subscriptions by the end of 2019.

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The primary area of growth will be 3G and 4G development as high capital investments and the increased number of 3G and 4G sites suggests that new price wars will be targeted towards data and value added services. We are now expecting over 63mn 3G and 4G subscriptions by the end of our forecast period.

The South African market appears to be nearing consolidation as Telekom South Africa, the largest fixed line provider looks to boost its declining revenues by entering the mobile market. It is considering the purchase of Cell C, the third largest cellular provider. Furthermore, wireless market leader, Vodacom, is looking to purchase ISP provider Neotel. We believe consolidation will be good for the market as it will increase competition and encourage 4G uptke and innovations.

The South Africa Telecommunications Report features BMI Research'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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* Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for South Africa to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the South African telecoms market.
* Target business opportunities and risks in South Africa's telecoms sector

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