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This is a research note on MVNO development across Africa. It includes a market overview and Ovum's views on MVNO rollouts and strategies in Africa.


  • In 3Q16, there were just over 20 MVNO-type networks in service in Africa, with the largest number in South Africa. MVNOs accounted for 0.6% of the continent’s mobile subscriptions at end-2Q16. Ovum forecasts the number of MVNO subscriptions in Africa to increase from 5 million at end-2015 to over 14 million at end-2021.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn about key drivers and inhibitors of MVNOs in Africa.
  • Assess and compare MVNO strategies in Africa.

Key questions answered

  • What is driving MVNO rollouts in Africa?
  • Where in Africa have MVNOs been the most successful?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • South Africa leads continental MVNO market
  • Data services and non-telecoms brands to drive future of African MVNOs
  • Recommendations


  • Further reading
  • Author

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