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The Telecommunications Market in Southern Africa—Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators : Mature Market to Experience Market Consolidation

  • December 2014
  • -
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • -
  • 88 pages

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Key Findings

•The most-developed countries with telecommunications penetration rates over x % are Botswana ( x %), South Africa ( x %), Namibia ( x %), Mauritius ( x %), and Zimbabwe ( x %).
•Landlocked countries such as Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho are investing in rolling-out fibre to connect to the international submarine cables which landed in neighbouring countries. Inter-country cooperation is expected; for example, Botswana to access the WACS cable via Namibia and pass on extra bandwidth to Zambia and Zimbabwe.
•South Africa is the most-developed country in terms of infrastructure roll-out and assets. However, the market is mature and is beginning to consolidate; there are 4 deals for mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure sharing that are awaiting the regulator’s approval.
•New partnerships are expected to take place in Lesotho, Swaziland, and Angola.
oIn Lesotho, the fixed-line operator may be semi-privatised.
oSwaziland may license a second mobile operator to increase competition in the mobile market. Alternatively, the fixed operator may enter the mobile market.
oAngola may license a third mobile operator.
•Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe and Mozambique markets are growing fast as a result of high investments in infrastructure roll-outs.

Geographic Scope
This research service focuses on the Southern Africa telecommunications market and covers the following countries:
•Angola
•Botswana
•Lesotho
•Malawi
•Mauritius
•Mozambique
•Namibia
•São Tomé and Príncipe
•South Africa
•Swaziland
•Zambia
•Zimbabwe

Service Scope
The focus of this research service will be on telecommunications service providers (SPs), which are segmented into the following:
•Fixed-line operators
•Mobile network operators

Technology Scope
This research service outlines the range of broadband technologies currently deployed and planned in these markets. Technologies include fibre, satellite, WiMax, Wi-Fi, 3G, ADSL, and CDMA.

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