This report on 5G responds to a need by those investing in 5G or making important related decisions, to better understand the market, including early developments and their impact on opportunities in SA. The report also aims to inform a longer-term perspective on 5G and its likely role in far-reaching transformation of societies and economies.


This report introduces 5G in terms of salient, relevant points (for those with little or no exposure). The report then explores the key pre-requirements to 5G market growth and the status of those drivers. Global examples, highlighting technical readiness and stakeholder appetite, are described. On the local scale, we profile key stakeholders, describing their status and likely ambitions. We suggest likely uptake projections over the next 5 years by high-level use case category.


The report is based on desktop research derived from publicly available information on the key players, interviews with select vendors, and BMIT’s industry knowledge (including valuable extracts from its range of commercial reports, excluding confidential customer information).

The 5G market is very dynamic and the report represents information known as of March 2019.


Table of Contents

Report Overview

Executive Summary

  • Executive Summary – Introduction
  • Executive Summary – Timing
  • Executive Summary – Global Scan
  • Executive Summary – South Africa

Stakeholder Needs


  • Introduction and Relevance of 5G
  • Global Scan
  • SA Context
  • SA Outlook

Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

Introduction & Relevance of 5G

  • Why is 5G relevant to South Africa?
  • What is 5G – the underlying technology
  • What is 5G – the impact on business and society
  • The Roots of 5G: IMT-2020 (Demand Considerations)
  • The Roots of 5G: IMT-2020 (Supply Considerations)
  • New Spectrum Requirements for 5G
  • IMT Spectrum Roadmap: WRC-19
  • New Radio (NR) – the wireless basis for 5G
  • 5G and the Core Network
  • Network Slicing
  • New Radio (NR) and the transition to 5G Standards
  • 4G Evolution & Practical Transition to 5G
  • 5G Device Availability
  • 5G versus Wi-Fi 6
  • Characteristics of fibre, copper and wireless as fixed-access technologies
  • Use Cases – Possibilities
  • 5G Evolution and 6G

5G Global Scan

  • Global Scan – Pre-amble
  • Summary of Developments – Deployments
  • 5G Vendors
  • 5G Developments in the United States
  • 5G in the United States: AT&T’s Strategy
  • 5G Developments in Asia – South Korea
  • 5G Developments in Asia – China
  • 5G Developments in Asia – Japan
  • 5G Developments in Australia
  • 5G Developments in Europe
  • 5G Developments in Italy (and San Marino)
  • 5G Developments in the United Kingdom
  • 5G United Kingdom Example – EE Network
  • 5G Developments in the Middle East

South African Context

  • Overview of operator/service provider typology
  • Operator overview: rain
  • Operator profiles: Comsol
  • Operator profiles: Vodacom
  • Operator overview: Telkom and Openserve
  • Operator profiles: MTN
  • Operator profiles: Liquid Telecom
  • WOAN (Wholesale Wireless Open Access Network)

Characteristics of mobile wireless (including LTE and NR) as a fixed-access technology

Characteristics of fixed wireless as an access technology

Coexistence of fibre and mobile wireless access technologies

South African Outlook

  • Introduction
  • Outlook by use case
  • Outlook by use case – forecast scenario inputs
  • SA scenario assumptions – key early use cases
  • Network capacity and dimensioning options
  • What 5G enables – broadband fixed wireless use case
  • Affordability and churn drivers
  • Forecast scenario assumptions: offerings in the market
  • Broadband fixed wireless as FTTH alternative
  • Forecast scenario: subscriber uptake
  • Forecast scenario: 5G Revenue outlook


  • 5G Spectrum Auction detail in the UK
  • 600 MHz Spectrum (Band 71)
  • List of Possible 5G-IoT Categories


Deliverables and format

  • PDF Power Point format
  • Clients are also entitled to a presentation/workshop in Johannesburg (may be combined with other topics at BMIT’s discretion)

Further information

For further information and details on how to subscribe to this research please contact Anita Mathews on 011 540 8000 | 082 466 2317 |