Telkom’s ADSL and fibre shock

Telkom has released its financial results for the year ended 31 March 2019, which show the biggest decline in fixed-broadband subscribers the company has ever seen.

The results show that Telkom’s ADSL, VDSL, and fibre subscribers declined from 981,176 in March 2018 to 847,650 in March 2019.

This 13.6% decline in fixed-broadband subscribers comes at a time when there is a strong demand for fibre-to-the-home services in South Africa.

Telkom’s Internet all access subscribers, which includes Telkom Internet ADSL, ISDN, and WiMAX subscribers, declined from 572,402 in March 2018 to 507,172 in March 2019.

These declines are likely a result of increased competition from fibre-to-the-home players like Vumatel and fixed-LTE services from Rain, Cell C, Vodacom, and MTN.

Telkom Fixed-Broadband Subscribers

The table below shows Telkom’s fixed-broadband subscriber numbers over the past 16 years.

Telkom Fixed-Broadband Subscribers
Date Subscribers Monthly Growth
Mar-03 2,669 0
Sep-03 12,000 1,555
Mar-04 20,313 1,386
Sep-04 37,000 2,781
Mar-05 58,278 3,546
Sep-05 95,920 6,274
Mar-06 143,509 7,932
Sep-06 190,172 7,777
Mar-07 255,633 10,910
Sep-07 335,112 13,247
Mar-08 412,190 12,846
Sep-08 491,774 13,264
Mar-09 548,015 9,374
Sep-09 602,720 9,118
Mar-10 647,462 7,457
Sep-10 699,368 8,651
Mar-11 751,625 8,710
Sep-11 795,419 7,299
Mar-12 827,091 5,279
Sep-12 841,831 2,457
Mar-13 870,505 4,779
Sep-13 898,203 4,616
Mar-14 926,944 4,790
Sep-14 971,319 7,396
Mar-15 1,005,286 5,661
Sep-15 1,015,307 1,670
Mar-16 1,027,507 2,033
Sep-16 1,018,405 -1,517
Mar-17 1,003,521 -2,481
Sep-17 999,311 -702
Mar-18 981,176 -3,023
Sep-18 974,181 -1,166
Mar-19 847,650 -21,089

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