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

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Smartphone Penetration in the Country
  • Favorable Government Initiatives


  • High Internet Data Costs

South Africa MNO MVNO Market Segmentation Synopsis

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.

Key Companies Dominating the Market

Our report has covered detailed company profiling comprising company overview, business strategies, key product offerings, financial performance, key performance indicators, risk analysis, recent developments, regional presence, and SWOT analysis among other notable indicators for competitive positioning. Some of the prominent industry leaders in the South Africa MNO MVNO market that are included in our report 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, Ignition Telecoms Investments (Pty) Ltd. (Me&You Mobile), Bayede Mobile (Proprietary) Limited, and others.

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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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