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Nearly 1 in 2 South African households is subscribed to SVOD

Nearly 1 in 2 South African households is subscribed to SVOD
Subscronomics Infographics South Africa 6

Subscription is a global trend that has also impacted South Africa, which currently has 7.2M active subscriptions. The subscription economy, or Subscronomics in the country, will be around $ 530M this year, according to the latest analysis presented by Telecoming (https://bit.ly/3ibgQLt), an international company specializing in digital service monetization technologies. The subscription-based economic model will grow in South Africa at 14% each year to exceed $ 820M in 2025.

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In 2021, South Africa will account for 11% of the market for subscriptions in Africa and the Middle East. South Africa is a mature market in this economic model, and its growth rate is slightly lower than the rest of the region, which is close to 20% year on year.

Subscronomics is a global trend about marketing products with a revenue model based on recurring payments. Subscription-based business models have become global and really popular thanks to technology. It is a disruptive model because it changes the relationship between brands and their customers. More and more companies see this model as an opportunity to grow steadily, and new actors are joining the scene. In some sectors, it will mean a real revolution,” explains Javier del Corral, Country Manager South Africa at Telecoming.

Technology and data allow companies to build a scalable offer based on users' interests. The digital context forces companies to adapt the storefront and the range of products and services, as well as the payment methods. Also, the ease and speed of delivery, the management of returns, and, above all, customer loyalty are key to building loyal communities.

Javier del Corral continues: “One of the main advantages of the subscription economy is that the user does not have to worry about payment. This step has always been a big challenge in commerce; the subscription reduces it. From this point of view, payment technologies, such as Direct Carrier Billing, are becoming strategic for customer acquisition and retention. Advertising, good service and a simple payment system are the keys to succeeding in this global dynamic of Subscronomics “.

South Africans' favourite subscriptions are to digital content

As a global driver of this new movement, digital content accounts in South Africa for 90% of the market in terms of turnover. Video, Music and Podcast complete the top 3 services with the most significant weight in the region (67%, 19% and 4%, respectively). Some figures from the South African Subscronomics ecosystem:

  • 13% of South African households have a subscription to a music service, a figure well above the African average of 2% and in line with the global ratio of 14%
  • Music services in South Africa are cheap, under $ 3.5 per month. The median value of a subscription to music services in Africa is $ 4.65 per month.
  • The market for subscription music in ZA will be around 100M$ dollars in 2021 and 200M$ in the next 4 years. It currently accounts for 26% of the African music subscription market.
  • Podcasts, however, are considered a high-value service, with an average monthly cost of almost $ 5, well above the average world price of $ 3.
  • Nearly 1 in 2 South African households is subscribed to a video-on-demand service. It is a very high figure compared to the world average, which remains below 30% of households.
  • In 2025, ZA will have almost 5M active subscriptions to SVODs. South Africans spend nearly $ 107 per year on video subscriptions, consolidating a market of $ 353M in 2021. It is a mature industry that will grow at a rate of 9% until 2025.
  • The growth of the turnover of SVODs in ZA is more moderate than in other sectors such as music or podcast, with rates above 15% year on year.

Report Methodology: The online subscription universe covered by this report represents 9.4 billion connected devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs, mobile phones and televisions) globally. Data for South Africa are based on a universe of 19.8 million households. Telecoming made this report using data from Juniper Research.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Telecoming.

Press contact: 
Bárbara González
E. barbara@bg10.es 
M. +34 603 578 654

About Telecoming:
Telecoming is an international company deploying a complete suite of technologies for digital services monetization. In a scalable, flexible and secure platform, it integrates seamlessly revenue generation tools based on User Acquisition (Adtech & Payments), User Engagement (Mobile services & Apps) and Business Optimization.

Leader on the economics of digital content since 2008, Telecoming currently operates in 27 countries. The London Stock Exchange has acknowledged the firm as one of the most inspiring European organizations. Moreover, it's among Europe's fastest-growing companies, according to Morningstar's Inc.5,000 ranking. For more information please visit: www.Telecoming.com


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