THE cost of internet connectivity in South Africa has dropped between 30% and 50% since last year, and will continue to do so.
That is the word from Google Apps for Business manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Avichai Ben-Tzur, who was speaking at an online presentation to Port Elizabeth businesses yesterday.
"In South Africa more than 50% of people prefer their smartphones over any other device and the worst thing any business can do is to do nothing about this. At Google we handle over 100 billion search queries per month but we didn't stop there. We are constantly looking at innovations and ways to improve our business."
Ben-Tzur said with the improvement of connectivity speed and cost in South Africa, as well as the various business applications available through Google Apps for Business, it was possible to trade the traditional office space from 30 years ago to your favourite coffee shop or personal home space.
"People are able to work around the clock, anywhere and anytime. Over 53% of people use their own technology – like tablets, smartphones and laptops – for work purposes. BYOD (Bring your own device) has some risks in terms of keeping business information confidential in business areas, but it also brings with it a lot of opportunities in terms of work freedom and creativity," Ben-Tzur said.
Ben-Tzur, who is based in Dublin, did the online presentation to Port Elizabeth businesses yesterday to introduce Google Apps through the South African service provider, Grove. Grove are Google Apps deployment specialists who undertook the Google Apps SA Tour to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth to introduce the technology to business. Google Apps is essentially online business tools making use of various applications, including e-mail, presentations and conferencing facilities provided by Google, according to Grove's global sales manager Johann de Wet.