Regulatory Changes in the South African Telecommunications Sector, 2018

Regulatory Changes in the South African Telecommunications Sector, 2018

Appropriate Communications Regulations Framework is Central to the Development of the Communications Sector

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21-Feb-2019
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Africa
Research Code: 9ABE-00-43-00-00
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The study provides detailed information regarding key regulations framework shaping the telecommunications sector in South Africa. The study discusses the regulatory framework that looks into the radio spectrum, digital migration, and price regulation into detail. Furthermore, an overview of technology evolution and competitive landscape are also provided. The evolution of South Africa’s mobile market has been defined by three key dynamics: the regulatory framework, technology evolution, and the competitive environment. South Africa has a highly competitive mobile market with four operators looking to grow their market shares through extensive investment in advanced networks.

In terms of growth opportunities, there is a huge scope for spectrum licensing as the radio spectrum is a critical resource for wireless applications and communications. Consumer demands for faster Internet access, the increase in data-based services, and the push from governments in many countries to increase connectivity to all citizens are some of the factors driving the demand for radio spectrum. With the spectrum, mobile operators will be in a position to advance communication reach and ensure that connectivity is affordable to most South Africans.

Digital migration and licensing of the spectrum will enable the better utilisation of spectrum and increase the pace of broadband development. The implication for broadcasters would be a reduction in the cost of infrastructure development and maintenance. For end users, digital migration provides better picture and sound quality. Viewers will have access to interactive TV and more channels to choose from. Hence, service providers and the wider industry need to work and collaborate to ensure that proper use is made once released. While it is important that data communications prices are reduced as a measure to increase digital inclusivity, it is equally important to ensure that there is enough demand for data. This means that the industry stakeholders including the government need to work together to create online content to drive people to use Internet. Initiatives such as eGovernment services, eHealth, and eEducation will be crucial to create demand for fast Internet services.

To conclude, for the spectrum licence to be a success, the government should ensure that fair allocation is made. For digital migration to be successful, the government needs to ensure that no more delays are made in its deadline and should plan its allocation. While prices are set to reduce and there is an expectation in the increased uptake of broadband it is equally important that there is enough content to drive the demand for Internet.

Author: Naila Govan-Vassen

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Executive Summary (continued)

Research Scope

Mobile Market Evolution

Market Overview

Service Provider Positioning

Communications Infrastructure—Submarine and Backbone Network

Communications Infrastructure—Access Network

Communications Infrastructure—Access Network (continued)

Regulatory Framework Overview

Structure and Functions of ICASA

What is Radio Spectrum?

Operator Radio Spectrum

Why is Radio Spectrum Important for Communications?

Who Regulates and Manages Radio Spectrum?

Who Has Been Allocated What Spectrum?

Auctioning of Valuable Spectrum

Digital Migration—Global Analysis

Digital Migration in South Africa

Digital Migration

Digital Migration Process

Tariff Structure and Policies—Past

Tariff Structure and Policies—Future

Technology Evolution—Broadband Standards

Mobile Telecoms Technology Protocols

Mobile Broadband Connectivity Trends

Mobile Broadband Network Availability and Usage

Next-generation Networks

Major Opportunities for 5G

Competitive Structure

Mobile Market Shares

Mobile Tower Ownership

Access Network—Cellular Towers Market

Infrastructure of Key Providers of Wholesale and Retail Broadband Services

Growth Opportunity 1—Licensing and Spectrum

Growth Opportunity 2—Digital Migration

Growth Opportunity 3—Price Regulation

Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

The Last Word—3 Big Predictions

Legal Disclaimer

List of Exhibits

List of Exhibits (continued)

The Frost & Sullivan Story

Value Proposition—Future of Your Company & Career

Global Perspective

Industry Convergence

360º Research Perspective

Implementation Excellence

Our Blue Ocean Strategy

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The study provides detailed information regarding key regulations framework shaping the telecommunications sector in South Africa. The study discusses the regulatory framework that looks into the radio spectrum, digital migration, and price regulation into detail. Furthermore, an overview of technology evolution and competitive landscape are also provided. The evolution of South Africa’s mobile market has been defined by three key dynamics: the regulatory framework, technology evolution, and the competitive environment. South Africa has a highly competitive mobile market with four operators looking to grow their market shares through extensive investment in advanced networks. In terms of growth opportunities, there is a huge scope for spectrum licensing as the radio spectrum is a critical resource for wireless applications and communications. Consumer demands for faster Internet access, the increase in data-based services, and the push from governments in many countries to increase connectivity to all citizens are some of the factors driving the demand for radio spectrum. With the spectrum, mobile operators will be in a position to advance communication reach and ensure that connectivity is affordable to most South Africans. Digital migration and licensing of the spectrum will enable the better utilisation of spectrum and increase the pace of broadband development. The implication for broadcasters would be a reduction in the cost of infrastructure development and maintenance. For end users, digital migration provides better picture and sound quality. Viewers will have access to interactive TV and more channels to choose from. Hence, service providers and the wider industry need to work and collaborate to ensure that proper use is made once released. While it is important that data communications prices are reduced as a measure to increase digital inclusivity, it is equally important to ensure that there is enough demand for data. This means that the industry sta
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Author Naila Govan-Vassen
Industries Telecom
WIP Number 9ABE-00-43-00-00
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