Analysts Reveal That South Africa’s 5G Rollout Will Take Longer Than Expected

In South Africa, the commercial rollout of 5G network technology might take longer than anticipated.

This is according to an observation made by Saurabh Verma, the Head of ICT at Frost & Sullivan Middle East and Africa, in the business consulting firm's 2019 predictions for the South African l ICT market recently.

In the country, the data-only network Rain has scheduled its own 5G rollout for sometime this year, while mobile operators Vodacom and MTN continue to move towards a 5G deployment in SA.

Frost & Sullivan predicts that SA's telecoms industry revenue will reach over $10 billion in 2019.

Overall, the local ICT market will reach around $22 billion, which is almost 3% higher than last year, according to Verma.
The telecoms sector is forecasted to contribute approximately 49.6% to ICT growth.

Verma highlighted that the telecoms predictions were slightly optimistic, but warned that the figures could be hampered by the elections in SA this year.
According to Frost & Sullivan, multi-tenanted data centres will generate growth in data centre revenue in the South African market.
The firm revealed that data centre revenue contributed 8% toward the ICT industry and was estimated to reach $571 million in 2019 with a growth percentage of 10.6%.

There has been a lot of recent activity in SA's data centre market.

Last month, Teraco revealed an agreement with Berkshire Partners, which will secure the Boston-based investment firm a majority stake in the local data centre provider.
Microsoft has also confirmed it will launch data centres in the country this year.

Frost & Sullivan believes that South African start-ups will be the frontrunners when it comes to innovation in IOT, artificial intelligence and cross-industry integration.

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