Telkom’s latest financial results show that its broadband subscribers have declined by 1.9% year-on-year.
Fixed-broadband subscribers dropped from 1,018,405 in September 2016 to 999,311 in September 2017.
This may suggest the beginning of a trend, which started with Telkom’s interim results last year.
It posted its first ever decline in fixed-broadband subscribers, while its fixed-line subscribers have been declining since 2001.
When taking into account internal lines and clients with fibre connections, it is clear that Telkom is losing DSL subscribers.
Fortunately, there is a rapid growth in homes that can get Telkom fibre – with the number increasing by 107.9% to 300,506 over the past year.
Telkom stopped reporting on its ADSL subscribers as a separate category in March 2016, and started listing total non-mobile broadband subscribers in its results.
It still provided separate figures for fibre customers, however, allowing ADSL subscribers to be calculated.
The graphs below illustrate the decline in fixed-line subscribers since 2001, and how Telkom’s fixed-broadband subscribers have declined since September.
It also shows how Telkom’s fibre subscriber base compares to the number of ADSL subscribers.