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More local SMEs adopting fibre

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This article was originally published on ITWeb

A symmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) usage among local SMEs has dropped from 70% in 2009 to 56% in 2018, while fibre adoption has increased to 23%, as more local businesses migrate from ADSL to fibre Internet connectivity.

This is according to interim results of the SME Survey 2018, conducted by accounting software firm Intuit QuickBooks in partnership with World Wide Worx, which tracks SME connectivity trends. The research tracks the transition from dial-up to ADSL that occurred among SMEs from 2003 to 2009, and the adoption to broadband connectivity since the introduction of fibre in 2015.

The survey, which interviewed 1 400 business decision-makers around SA, has been tracking SME trends since 2003 and is now in its final stages. The full report will be released on 27 March.

Arthur Goldstuck, principal researcher for SME Survey and MD of World Wide Worx, says the rapid fibre adoption among local SMEs was brought about by the significant rise in availability of fibre across urban areas, coupled with the falling price of the technology and the increasing uptake of bandwidth-intensive technologies.

"We are now at the stage where we are beginning to witness the decline of ADSL, as it is replaced by fibre to the home or office.

"ADSL usage peaked at around 70% in 2009 and remained at this high until 2015, when fibre arrived. The latest figures from the survey indicate that ADSL usage has now dropped to 56% among SMEs, while fibre has increased to 23% - this is exciting, because it means that the adoption of fibre is taking place even more rapidly than the adoption of ADSL did 15 years ago," he continues.

The switch from ADSL to fibre, notes Goldstuck, is being driven by much the same reasoning as the earlier move from dial-up to ADSL. As SMEs adopt cloud technologies and other digital transformation tools, they see a clear value proposition, and are more than willing to embrace it rapidly.

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