Local companies dominate South Africa telematics
According to a new research report from Berg Insight, and as reported by IOT Business News, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa reached an estimated 1.1 million in the last quarter of 2016.
This number is expected to reach 1.9 million by 2021. The market is dominated, the sources point out, by a group of aftermarket telematics players including Cartrack, MiX Telematics, Ctrack, Altech Netstar and Tracker. These are all headquartered in South Africa and have installed bases of more than 100,000 fleet management units each on the domestic market. In terms of market penetration, these players together are believed to represent as much as two thirds of the total number of active fleet management systems in use in the country today.
Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight, is quoted by the website as saying: “Foreign telematics players have generally not managed to achieve any top-ranking market shares on theSouth African fleet management marketso far”. However, in a sign that this may be about to change, TomTom Telematics, Pointer Telocation and Geotab are international providers that are indeed active in the country.
Going on, Andersson said: “Most other foreign vendors have more limited presence and many renowned international players have not yet entered South Africa at all”.
His explanation for this lack of foreign presence involves the remote location and the relatively high telematics penetration of local players on the market. | 12/04/2017 | Tim Harrup