Swaziland was one of the last countries in the world to abolish an almost complete monopoly in all sectors of its telecommunications market. Until 2011 the state-owned posts and telecommunications operator SPTC also acted as the industry regulator and had a stake in the country’s sole mobile network, in an uneasy partnership with South Africa’s MTN. A new independent regulatory authority was established in late 2013 and has since embarked on radical changes to the telecom sector. SPTC temporarily entered the mobile market independently using its CDMA network but was challenged about this by MTN in the courts. Obliged to stop offering its ‘ONE’ mobile service, the operator was provided with a licence to resume mobile services in early 2016. MTN Swaziland in early 2016 was also awarded spectrum in the 1800MHz band to provide LTE services.
Mobile market penetration in Swaziland is well above the average for the region, though subscriber growth has slowed in recent years. Real competition should provide a welcome boost to take the market to the next level.
The internet sector has been open to competition with four licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but prices have remained high and market penetration relatively low. Although DSL services were introduced in 2008, complemented by 3G mobile broadband services in 2011, development of the sector has been hampered by the limited fixed-line infrastructure and a lack of competition in the access and backbone network.
Swaziland is landlocked, and so the country depends on neighbouring countries for international fibre bandwidth. This meant that access pricing were high for many years, though prices have fallen more recently in line with greater bandwidth availability resulting from several new submarine fibre optic cable systems that have reached the region in recent years.
|Penetration of telecoms services:||Penetration|
|Mobile SIM (population)||75.2%|
Swaziland Posts & Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC), Swazi MTN, Africa Online, Posix, Real Image, Viettel.
Companies (Major Players)
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Regulations & Government Policies
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)
Number of pages 30
Last updated 19 Oct 2016
Lead Analyst: Henry Lancaster
We wanted to extend our Com World Series of telecoms industry events to the South Pacific region and we were in urgent need of a partner in the region who could assist us with confirming the involvement of governments, telcos and more. Paul Budde and his team executed this perfectly. Paul also provided us with very high quality reports on every aspect of the project, including an amazingly thorough and actionable report on the conference presentations and discussion.
Joe Willcox, Commercial Content Director, Emap Connect, Emap
Peru - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$360.00 until 8 Mar 2017
(normal price US$720.00)
Colombia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$380.00 until 8 Mar 2017
(normal price US$765.00)
Chile - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$350.00 until 8 Mar 2017
(normal price US$700.00)
A selection of downloadable samples from our Annual Publications catalogue.