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The South African TMT market is growing steadily, boosted by high demand for broadband connectivity and video content. Affordability, however, remains a challenge in a weakened economy.


  • The number of mobile subscriptions in South Africa passed the 100 million mark in 3Q18, growing by 6% year on year. Across Africa, mobile subscriptions also increased by 6% over the same period.

Features and Benefits

  • Explores key drivers behind South Africa's TMT growth.
  • Assesses the strategies of key TMT players in South Africa.

Key questions answered

  • How fast is South Africa migrating to new TMT technologies?
  • How large will South African TMT segments grow in the next five years?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view

Service providers maintain growth despite adverse economic environment

  • Mobile subscriptions reach 100 million

LTE boosts broadband usage

  • LTE becomes the dominant fixed broadband technology
  • Rain plans country's first 5G network in 2019
  • Data tariffs still a concern

OTT video grows at the expense of premium pay-TV

  • DStv under pressure in the high-end segment
  • OTT bundling fully part of telcos' data strategy
  • Digital migration to be completed in 2019


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author