Video is one of the biggest drivers of broadband uptake in SA, with FTTH set to be driven by TV into the future.
Multiple devices, social networking, video and education: these are some of the factors driving the uptake of broadband among South Africans.
This is according to local Internet service providers (ISPs) discussing the topic at the
Ultimately though, says Dr
"What is interesting is the connectedness of people today, with many having more than one device and, in the mobile space, the evolution to the social space. People are connecting in new ways, because they now can. The [growth and diversification in] broadband use is bigger than we could have envisaged just two years ago."
Instant messaging (IM) is another fast-growing online activity, notes Scholten. "The good news is that e-mail is plateauing. People are more and more opting for more instant services, so we are seeing a massive uptake in IM as opposed to e-mail."
The FTTH factor
Meanwhile, say ISPs, the rise of investment in fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services – while in a relatively fledgling phase – will be the driver of high-speed broadband services into the future.
The killer app for FTTH, he says, will be television. "TV is the main driver towards the demand for high-speed broadband. Three-dimensional TV is here and 4K (Ultra HD) TV is coming."
Heuvel says he recently started testing FTTH and has seen a dramatic change in his behaviour as a user. "[Whereas] I used to use 3GB to 4GB per month on the 10GB capped package I was on, for the past four months I have been using over 260GB per month. So, it would appear when constraints are taken away, you consume more."
He says Telkom Internet's challenge is to serve the market looking for an uncapped service in terms of streaming. "Video not just streaming video, but security is becoming big as well, with [the advent of] the home centre automation concept. This type of thing will grow as the input cost for devices comes down. Many more will consume these services, and service providers have the challenge of offering cost-effective plug-and-play services."
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