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

  • December 2014
  • 88 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2577684


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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:
•São Tomé and Príncipe
•South Africa

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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