1 International Peer Benchmarking Study on South Africa s ICT Sector Department of Communication June 2009
2 Introduction The Department of Communication Commissioned the BMIT to analyse telecommunications voice, data and broadband services and product prices at international, national, retail, business and residential levels in South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Korea, India and Malaysia to assess its relative performance in respect of Cost, usage, access and quality This booklet contains the PEER BENCHMARKING RESULTS for the International Peer Benchmarking Study on South Africa s ICT Sector.
3 Policy Environment (1) Major events that significantly transformed the regulatory regime for the telecommunications sector in South Africa were: The corporatisation of Telkom in 1991 The licensing of two mobile operators in 1993 The enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 The sale of a 30% shareholding in Telkom to Thintana17 in 1997 The subsequent amendment of the Act in 2001 making provision for the licensing of an SNO and The enactment of the Electronic Communications Act and the ICASA Amendment Act in 2006.
4 Policy Environment (2) Other significant events included: The issuing of a third mobile licence in 2001 The merging of the separate broadcasting and telecommunications regulatory authorities to form ICASA in 2001 The issuing of a Multimedia Services Licence and Carrier of Carriers License to Sentech Limited in 2002 The public listing of Telkom SA in 2003 The licensing of the Second Network Operator in 2004 The coming into effect in 2005 of a ministerial determination expanding commercial opportunities available to several types of market participants, notably VANS providers permitted to offer voice telephony services The declaration of submarine cable landing stations as essential facilities, and The decision to expedite the local loop unbundling process for completion by 2011.
5 Benchmark countries Chile Malaysia South Korea Brazil South Africa India
6 Purchasing power parity (PPP) Takes into account differences in the relative prices of goods and services Measured in current international dollars which are calculated to have same purchasing power as a dollar spent on GNI in the U.S. economy Big Mac example from The Economist magazine (July 24, 2008): Price of Big Mac in USA: US$3.57 Price of Big Mac in South Africa: US$2.24 Difference between South Africa and USA: -37% Adjusted PPP South Africa exchange rate to US dollar: 7.56 * = 4.75
7 Basic indicators The benchmark country with the largest population is India with a population over five times bigger than the next most populated nation, Brazil. South Africa s population is in the middle of the benchmark countries, similar to Korea and larger than Chile and Malaysia. Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is in current United States dollars and in purchasing power parity (PPP) Source: World Bank (Population, urban population and surface area). IMF (GDP).
8 Taxes All countries levy a Value Added Tax (VAT) or sales tax on telecommunications services. The rates are shown below.
9 Fixed telephone market Fixed line access generally dominated by incumbent operator: Brazil: Regional domination (Telesp, Brasil Telecom, Oi) with some Wireless Local Loop (WLL) competition Chile: CTC with some regional operators India: BSNL with MTNL in Delhi and Bombay and competition from WLL Korea: Korea Telecom (90%) of lines, one other nationwide competitor Malaysia: Telekom Malaysia South Africa: Telkom; new competitor with Neotel Domestic & international long distance markets generally open; indirect domestic long distance competition from mobiles Brazil, Chile, India and Korea pretty competitive with a number of facilities-based long distance operators
10 Mar-08 Fixed telephone penetration Fixed telephone line subscribers per 100 people 60 Growth in fixed lines has been stagnant in most of countries 50 Korea 40 Only Malaysia & South Africa with less fixed lines at March 2008 than December Chile Brazil Malaysia 10 South Africa 0 India
11 Fixed connection charges Connection charges include: -Subscription charges (Residential & Business) -Call charges Findings No distinction between residential and business Most alternative operators do not charge for connection In Brazil, connection varies by region Telkom South Africa does not charge connection for Closer Plans Fixed line connection charges, August 2008, PPP Chile CTC Telkom Postpaid Korea KT Brazil TELESP Telkom Prepaid India BSNL Malaysia TM $32 $28 $54 $82 $77 $93 $105 $0 $50 $100 $150
12 Brazil TELESP Basic* Chile CTC Area 1 India BSNL Basic One* Korea KT Highest Korea KT Lowest Korea KT Highest flat* Korea KT Lowest flat* Korea Hanaro hanafone Malaysia TM >1,000 lines Malaysia TM <1,000 lines Telkom Postpaid Telkom Prepaid Telkom Closer 1* Telkom Closer 2* Telkom Closer 3* Fixed monthly subscription Big range in subscription charges among benchmark countries Subscriptions vary by residential or business and whether free or discounted calls / minutes included Monthly fixed line subscription charges, August 2008, PPP $80 $70 $60 $50 $40 $30 $20 $10 $0 Residence Business * Includes free minutes or calls or discounted call prices.
13 Fixed local call South Africa has the highest fixed local call charges (i.e., fixed local call to another fixed line) Price of a one minute peak rate fixed local call, 2008, PPP Telkom Prepaid Telkom Postpaid Brazil TELESP Chile CTC Malaysia TM India BSNL Korea KT $0.00 $0.05 $0.10 $0.15
14 Fixed to mobile call South Africa has second highest price Along with Brazil, significantly above other countries Price of a one minute fixed to mobile call, average peak/off-peak, 2008, PPP Brazil TELESP South Africa Telkom Malaysia TM Korea KT India BSNL $0.00 $0.20 $0.40 $0.60
15 Malaysia Brazil Chile Korea South Africa India Domestic long distance Influenced by mobile telephony (e.g., single price for national call) and VoIP Chile, Korea, South Africa & India only have one long distance band South Africa has second lowest prices Average price per minute domestic long distance, PPP, August 2008 $0.40 $0.35 $0.30 $0.25 $0.20 $0.15 $0.10 $0.05 $0.00 >150 km <150 km <50 km >300 km <300 km <100 km <50 km out side local exch. >30 km Band 4 Band 3 Band 2 Band 1 >50 km >50 km
16 Source: Operator s published tariffs. International long distance Despite the lowest level of facilities-based international telephone call competition, South Africa has the cheapest tariffs This is partly due to extensive tariff rebalancing but is still surprising There is not more of a competitive threat from VoIP in South Africa since it is legal in all the other countries also (to various degrees, either full VoIP or PC-phone) $0.6 $0.5 $0.4 $0.3 $0.2 $0.1 $0.0 $0.12 Price of one minute call to USA, August 2008 US$ per minute PPP per minute $0.19 South Africa $0.23 $0.17 $0.17 $0.47 $0.50 $0.38 $0.36 $0.26 $0.27 $0.29 Chile India Malaysia Brazil Korea Price reflects calls placed from fixed lines of incumbent operators. Peak and off-peak have been averaged.
17 Public payphone Price of calls from payphones important for those without telephone or with mobiles looking for cheaper call prices 3 minute call from public payphone, average peak/off-peak, August 2008, PPP Chile South Africa $0.27 $0.48 Brazil India Korea Malaysia $0.25 $0.13 $0.10 $0.06 $0.00 $0.20 $0.40 $0.60
18 Fixed line Quality of Service (QoS) The only fixed QoS indicator available for all countries is the number of faults On average, one of out of every two fixed lines have a fault in South Africa each year compared to one in 100 in Korea but almost 9 out of 10 in India Korea (03) Brazil Malaysia South Africa Faults per 100 lines per year, Chile (06) 54 India
19 Fixed telephone usage Local usage low in South Africa 400 compared to benchmark countries Long distance usage relatively high Minutes of use per subscriber per month, Local National long distance International long distance Brazil Chile South Africa
20 Fixed telephony - Summary Long distance international and domestic relatively cheap in South Africa compared to other benchmark countries However other fixed charges are relatively high in South Africa and it has rebalanced more sharply than other countries Fixed penetration is lower today in South Africa than in 2000
21 Mobile market Herfindahl-Hirschman Index December ,318 3,868 3,687 3,438 Number of facilities-based mobile operators Market share Others Operator 3 Operator 2 Operator 1 2,265 1, South Africa has the most concentrated mobile market Most of the benchmark countries, like South Africa, have 3 nationwide operators Brazil and India have a larger number of mobile groups although not all operate nationwide South Africa Korea Chile Malaysia Brazil India The Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) is a measure of market concentration calculated by squaring the market share of each firm and then summing the resulting numbers. The closer the HHI is to zero, the less concentrated the industry.
22 Mobile penetration South Africa Korea Malaysia Chile Brazil India Mar-08
23 Mobile penetration December 2007 Although South Africa has the highest mobile penetration among the study countries, this should be treated with caution: South Africa has the highest penetration of pre-paid subscribers with lenient recharge windows and likely multiple subscriptions In terms of household penetration, South Africa has a lower rate than other countries for which data is available Therefore, except for India, likely that other benchmark countries are equivalent in terms of mobile penetration Pre-paid penetration Post-paid penetration Homes with mobile phone (%) Brazil Chile India KoreaMalaysiaSouth Africa
24 Source: Operator web sites. Pre-paid handset prices Nokia 1200 is a very basic phone with the feature set from last century Nokia 1208 is a little better with the addition of 65K color VGA screen 07/05/04/nokia-1200-and-nokia cheap-phones-to-share/ In Malaysia, model not available (only 3G phones!). In Korea, Nokia 1200/1208 not available. South Africa has highest pre-paid phone price even though cheaper model (1200). Furthermore, offers no incentives to purchaser unlike other countries (e.g., installment payments, free calls, free SMS). Nokia 1200/1208 handset prices, US$, August 2008 $56 Incl. 10 onnet calls $0 $32 Can be paid in install ments $45 $48 Incl. US$ 19 of calls & 50 SMS India Brazil USA Chile South Africa Pre-paid phone prices including taxes. Converted to US$ using 2007 annual average exchange rate. India & South Africa refer to 1200; Brazil & Chile refer to 1208.
25 Brazil Vivo Toda Hora Prepaid mobile prices Peak rate, August 2008, PPP Brazil oi Chile Movistar Tarifa Full Chile Entel Plan Raimundo India Bharti Airtel KoreaSK Telecom Malaysia Celcom Malaysia Maxis Hotlink South Africa Vodago South Africa MTN Pay as you Go Classic South Africa CellC easychat standard $1.20 $1.00 $0.80 $0.60 $0.40 $0.20 $0.00 On-net Off-net Fixed A selection of rates for illustration purposes. Does not include all plans in each country.
26 Korea SK Telecom Malaysia Maxis India Bharti Airtel Chile Entel Vodacom Brazil Vivo SMS Second highest SMS prices in South Africa Usage is higher in South Africa than Chile or Brazil Malaysia has highest usage by far Price of SMS, PPP, August 2008, number of SMS per subscriber per month refer to 2007 $0.30 $0.25 $0.20 $0.15 $0.10 $0.05 $0.00 Price of SMS SMS/MON/SUB
27 International call from mobile While South Africa has cheapest international calls from fixed line, the situation is reversed with mobile Price of one minute call to USA from mobile phone, August 2008, PPP South Africa $0.64 Chile $0.61 Malaysia $0.55 Brazil $0.43 India $0.41 $0.00 $0.50 $1.00 Note: None of the sampled operators has a different off-peak rate.
28 MoU/Subscriber/Month Minutes of Use (MoU) Mobile usage declines as revenue per minute (ARPU/MoU) goes up South African mobile operators have highest revenue per minute of benchmark countries South Africans talk less on their mobiles than any of the other peer countries India Korea Malaysia 150 Chile Brazil South Africa 0 $0.00 $0.20 $0.40 $0.60 Revenue per minute (US$)
29 Mobile quality of service Mobile quality fairly similar across countries except for India Mobile call set-up success rate, 2007 India 93.57% Malaysia* 99.73% South Africa 99.70% Chile 99.95% 90% 92% 94% 96% 98% 100 % Data refer to largest operator. * 2002.
30 3G mobile subscribers All countries except India have launched mobile broadband networks (WCDMA, EVDO or HSDPA) Except for Korea, share of 3G subscribers in total mobile users is low However, most 3G subscribers are using 3G for fixed-like broadband access (e.g., 400,000 in Brazil) 3G as percent of total mobile subscribers 56% 2% 1% 0% 4% 3% Brazil Chile India Korea Malaysia South Africa
31 3G Broadband tariffs HSDPA networks, PPP, August 2008 Chile Vodacom Brazil MTN Malaysia Korea Vodacom Chile Brazil Malaysia Korea 1GB 79 Vodacom 76 MTN 71 Chile 63 Brazil 55 Malaysia 41 Korea 5 GB 230 Vodacom 79 Chile 71 Brazil 55 Malaysia 41 Korea 2 GB GB Note: India has not launched HSDPA. In Brazil & Chile speed is reduced when reaching 1 & 3 GB volume caps respectively.
32 Mobile communications - Summary Mobile penetration has grown impressively in South Africa. It has risen from the fourth ranked country among the benchmark nations in 2000 to first in March South Africa top ranked despite relatively high tariffs However usage in South Africa is low Mobile broadband tariffs for high volumes (>2GB) expensive in South Africa due to lack of uncapped plans which are available in the other benchmark countries
33 Internet market Only Malaysia has less competitive broadband market than South Africa In Brazil, Chile, India and Korea there is intra-modal competition among DSL providers and inter-modal competition with cable modem, wireless and 3G providers
34 Internet access Internet subscribers per 100 people Korea Malaysia Chile Brazil South Africa India Internet users per 100 people Korea Malaysia Chile Brazil South Africa India Households with Internet access at home, 2007, % Korea Chile Malaysia Brazil South Africa India
35 Distribution of Internet subscribers In Chile & Korea, almost all Internet subscribers are now broadband In India & Malaysia low dial-up rates discourage broadband adoption Percentage of Internet subscribers using broadband, 2007 Korea Chile 100% 97% Brazil South Africa India 30% 59% 52% Malaysia 26%
36 Internet tariffs Other countries have variety of plans and different speeds compared to South Africa All except South Africa offer unlimited plans Benchmark around South Africa speeds & caps Includes ISP portion (only relevant for Brazil and South Africa)
37 Malaysia DSL Prices Monthly tariff, August 2008, PPP Brazil Korea India South Africa Chile Korea India Brazil Chile South Africa Malaysia $60 $50 $40 $30 $20 $10 $0 384 kbps 4096 kbps 10 hours per month cap 1GB 2GB No cap 2 1 No cap GB GB cap No cap cap No cap 10 Mbps 256 kbps $160 $140 $120 $100 $80 $60 $40 $20 $0 3 GB 10 Mbps No cap 4.5 GB cap No cap No cap 3GB cap No cap
38 Broadband speeds All of the countries have maximum broadband speeds faster than South Africa Korea offers 100 Mbps fiber optic/lan connections whereas Brazil offers 30 Mbps In contrast, the fastest DSL speed in South Africa is 4 Mbps Range of slowest & fastest broadband speeds available, kbps South Africa India Malaysia Chile Brazil Korea 100 Mbps 0 10,000 20,000 30,000
39 Malaysia India Korea Chile Brazil South Africa Wi-Fi hotspot All telephone operators have Wi- Fi plans. Some offer prepaid cards or monthly subscriptions Ideal for those who do not have Internet access at home Proxy for public access $0.14 $0.12 $0.10 $0.08 Price per minute Wi-Fi hotspot, US$, August $ $ $0.02 $
40 Internet summary South African tariffs consistently high Unlike other countries, no uncapped plans in South Africa Level of South African access relatively low and slower growth than other countries
42 Fixed termination South Africa has highest fixed termination rates Fixed termination rates, PPP cents per minute, 2007 MalaysiaChile India Brazil Korea South Africa
43 Mobile termination All countries except Brazil and South Africa regulate mobile termination rates Brazil & South Africa have the highest rates Mobile termination rate, PPP cents per minute, 2007 Brazil South Africa Chile Korea 5.02 Malaysia 4.56 India
44 International incoming calls International incoming calls to fixed lines and mobile phones align fairly closely with termination rates It costs about 8 US cents to call a fixed line in South Africa using Skype It costs over 3 times more to call a South African mobile phone from abroad using Skype International calls to benchmark countries using Skype, US$ per minute including VAT, August 2008 South Africa - Mobile Brazil - Mobile Chile - Mobile India Korea - Mobile South Africa Malaysia - Mobile Brazil Brazil-Rio de Janeiro Brazil-Sao Paulo Korea Malaysia Chile $0.11 $0.06 $0.04 $0.03 $0.02 $0.02 $0.02 $0.08 $0.08 $0.07 $0.27 $0.25 $0.24 Termination rate Source: Skype. $0.00 $0.10 $0.20 $0.30
45 Domestic leased lines India has the cheapest domestic leased line prices South Africa compares favorably compared to Korea and Malaysia Price of 2 Mbps domestic leased line, PPP, 2008 $12,000 $10,000 $8,000 2 Km 200 km $6,000 $4,000 $2,000 $0 India South Africa Korea Malaysia
46 International leased lines South Africa has the highest price for an international 2 Mbps leased line to the USA It is more than twice as much as the next most expensive country Price of 2 Mbps international leased line to USA, half-circuit, PPP, 2008 South Africa India 7,000 15,009 Brazil 6,939 Malaysia 5,275 Korea 4,041 Chile 2,654 $0 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000
47 Brazil Chile India Korea Malaysia South Africa International bandwidth South Africa lags other countries in international Internet bandwidth. The relative shortage of bandwidth in South Africa partly explains higher broadband and leased line prices International Internet bandwidth, Gbps, 2007 Gbps 147 Bits per person Note: Figures for Brazil and Chile refer to Embratel and Entel only. Figure for South Africa refers to IS, Verizon and Telkom.
48 Wholesale summary South African fixed and mobile termination rates high International leased lines expensive Very low international bandwidth compared to benchmark countries
49 Conclusions South Africa more often than not aligns with high cost countries (Brazil & Chile) in tariff comparisons South Africa expensive for fixed local access but inexpensive for fixed domestic and international long distance South Africa and Malaysia only two countries with less fixed lines today than in 2000 South Africa has most concentrated mobile market South Africa has relatively high mobile penetration Mobile tariffs expensive in South Africa South Africa has lowest mobile usage
50 Conclusions (II) South Africa has low Internet penetration and market has grown slowly compared to other benchmark countries Lack of uncapped broadband plans in South Africa compared to other benchmark countries Mobile and DSL broadband expensive at high usage (>3GB) Wholesale fixed and mobile termination expensive in South Africa South Africa compares favorably for domestic leased lines International private leased lines (2Mbps) expensive in South Africa Dearth of international bandwidth in South Africa
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