South Africa MNO MVNO Market

South Africa MNO MVNO Market Segmentation by Operating Mode (Reseller, Full MVNO, and Others), and by End User (Enterprise, and Consumer) – Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2019-2028

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Report ID: 3242 | Published On: Apr 04, 2022

South Africa MNO MVNO Market TOC

  1. Introduction
    1. Market Definition
    2. Market Segmentation
  2. Study Assumptions
  3. Research Methodology
    1. Research Process
    2. Secondary Research
  4. Executive Summary – South Africa MNO & MVNO Market
  5. Analysis of Market Dynamics
    1. Drivers
    2. Restraints/Challenges
  6. Industry Policy & Regulations
  7. Market Overview
  8. Relevant Use-cases Pertaining to the MNO Industry
  9. Recent Developments
  10. Key Telecommunication Statistics
  11. Industry Value Chain Analysis
  12. Impact of Covid-19
  13. Industry Attractiveness-Porter’s Five Force Analysis
  14. Market Segmentation
    1. By Operating Mode
    2. By End User
  15. Competitive Intelligence-Company Profiles
    1. Cell C (Pty) Ltd
    2. Mobile Telephone Networks (Proprietary) Ltd.
    3. Rain (Pty) Ltd.
    4. Telkom SA SOC Ltd.
    5. Vodacom Group Ltd.
    6. Virgin Mobile South Africa (PTY) Ltd
    7. Afrihost
    8. SmartMobile
    9. Ignition Telecoms Investments (Pty) Ltd. (Me&You Mobile)
    10. Bayede Mobile (Proprietary) Limited

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Despite Inflation & Recession News, Businesses Across the Globe Expected to Do Better in 2023

In 2023, market players might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain.
Controlling Inflation has become the first priority for global economies from last quarter of 2022 and to be followed in 2023. With skewed economic situations, rise in interest rate by governments to control spending and inflation, spiked oil and gas prices, high inflation, geo-political issues including U.S. & China trade war, Russia-Ukraine conflict to intensify the global economic issues.
The interest rates in the U.S. may be less sensitive in 2023 as compared to 2022; sigh of relief for businesses. Positive business sentiments, healthy business balance sheets, growth in construction spending (private construction value in 2022 stood at $1,429.2 billion, 11.7 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $1,279.5 billion spent in 2021, Residential construction in 2022 was $899.1 billion, up by 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from $793.7 billion in 2021, non-residential construction touched $530.1 billion, 9.1 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $485.8 billion in 2021.) showcases minimal impact of recession in the country.
Similarly, spiked spending in the European and major Asia economics including, India, China & Japan to showcase less impact on the global demand.

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  • In April 2020, Vodacom and Safaricom announced that they had acquired from Vodafone the M-PESA brand, product development, and support services, through a newly-created joint venture. M-PESA, which is the most significant payments platform in Africa, has 40 million users and processes over a billion transactions every month. The acquisition will help Vodacom to accelerate its financial services aspirations in the region.

South Africa MNO MVNO Market Highlights during 2019-2028

The South Africa MNO-MVNO market was valued at USD 70.61 million in 2019, and is expected to reach USD 97.73 million by 2028, by registering a CAGR of 3.7%, during the forecast period of 2020-2028. The growth of the market in the nation can be primarily attributed to the rise in the usage of smartphones, and the increasing number of mobile subscribers, which is allowing players in the telecom industry to invest into the market and offer their services. According to the statistics by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), mobile penetration stood at 91.2% as of September 2019, up from 43.5% in September 2016. Further, it also stated that the total number of LTE devices per province in the country reached 27,999 units in the year 2019 from 12644 units in the year 2018. Further, increasing favorable government initiatives that support easy licensing processes for telecom operators, along with the focus of the government to increase the total spectrum availability to mobile operators, are some of the additional factors expected to drive the market growth. The telecom regulatory body of South Africa is further working on ensuring better regulations that would support greater participation from telecom operators, and are also working on developing competitive pricing for different products and services. This, as a result, is expected to create numerous opportunities for the growth of the market in the near future. Moreover, increasing number of new telecom players that are rolling out their services in the nation, along with the rapid surge in the deployment of 5G technology in the country, are also expected to boost the market growth.


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Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Smartphone Penetration in the Country
  • Favorable Government Initiatives


  • High Internet Data Costs

Growth Drivers and Challenges Impacting the Growth of the South Africa MNO MVNO Market

The South Africa MNO MVNO market is segmented by operating mode into reseller, full MVNO and others. Amongst these segments, the reseller segment is expected to hold a significant market share throughout the forecast period and further register a revenue of USD 34.30 million by the end of 2028. A reseller MVNO comprises of brands that markets, sells, and distributes the network throughout its established marketing channels. Although, the model does not involve other functionalities, such as activation, billing, device management, and network spectrum among others. The market is further segmented by end user into enterprise and consumer, out of which, the enterprise segment is expected to grow with the highest CAGR of 4.45% during the forecast period. The consumer segment, on the other hand, is expected to hold the largest market share throughout the forecast period, backed by the rise in the number of mobile cellular subscribers.

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the South Africa MNO MVNO market?

Ans: Increasing smartphone penetration and favorable government initiatives are the major factors responsible for the growth of the market.

2) What would be the CAGR of South Africa MNO MVNO market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 3.7% over the forecast period i.e., 2020-2028.

3) What are the challenges affecting the South Africa MNO MVNO market growth?

Ans: High data costs in the country is estimated to act as barriers to the market growth.

5) Who are the major players dominating the South Africa MNO MVNO market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Cell C (Pty) Ltd, Mobile Telephone Networks (Proprietary) Ltd., Rain (Pty) Ltd., Telkom SA SOC Ltd., Vodacom Group Ltd., Virgin Mobile South Africa (PTY) Ltd, Afrihost, SmartMobile, and others.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the South Africa MNO MVNO market?

Ans: The market is segmented by operating mode and by end users.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in end user segment in the South Africa MNO MVNO market?

Ans: The consumer segment is anticipated to hold the largest market size in value and is estimated to display significant growth opportunities.

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