Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts in South Africa

South Africa - The continent’s leading telecoms, IT and digital media marketSouth Africa’s telecom sector boasts the continent’s most advanced networks in terms of technology deployed and services provided. In a virtually saturated voice market, four mobile networks – Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom SA – are competing for market share in the next growth wave, mobile broadband. 3G/HSPA mobile broadband services now rival available DSL fixed-line offerings in terms of both speed and price, and have consequently taken the upper hand in terms of subscriber numbers. Commercial LTE services (also referred to as 4G) were launched at the end of 2012, delayed by the regulators inability to allocate frequency spectrum.While emerging as the country’s leading broadband providers, the major mobile operators are also branching out into fixed services, fibre backbone networks, international fibre connectivity, mobile banking and entertainment in a rapidly converging environment. Fixed-line incumbent Telkom SA has reacted by launching its own 3G mobile network and the country’s first commercial WiMAX service, but various competitors are hard on its heels rolling out the same technologies, including second national operator Neotel.
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