Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 25 - Page 18

TRENDING //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Better, more, safer South Africans’ demand for constant connections runs deep. An overwhelming majority (87%) of those with connections believe constant connectivity is changing their lives for the better. For these South Africans, constant connectivity means being reachable 24/7 (63%), a seamless experience (defined as fast, reliable and uninterrupted) (56%) and granting information anywhere, at any time (61%). Respondents also revealed a broad definition of entertainment. A total of 86% say entertainment is ‘more than just a screen’, pointing to new experiences and opportunities that ‘should be available anywhere, anytime, in any format’. 18 INTELLIGENTCIO Throughout the survey, security and privacy gained in importance and emerge as a driving force in technology purchase plans: • 74% of respondents cited security and/ or privacy as their top concern about constant connectivity • In a first, security (55%) and privacy (50%) dominated the top five factors influencing selection of entertainment and broadband service providers for out-of-home use. Speed (51%) and reliability (51%) tied for second place, with cost (49%) and ease of use (45%) completing the top five • Security also appeared in the top three priorities for Wi-Fi devices, knocking off perennials ease of connection (51%) and low pricing (46%). Speed (86%) and strength of signal (75%) maintained their leads. • The survey found that installations of home security systems could double – 27% of homes currently have one, with 33% of respondents saying they plan to install one • Security and privacy also loomed large in the appetite for managed video. A full 72% said they’d prefer to manage their device options themselves, with 51% citing security and 64% citing privacy as the main reason Finally, South Africans with connections are poised to double their current use of paid streaming services, according to the survey. While 31% currently subscribe to a streaming service, a full 34% said they plan to use or subscribe to one going forward. n