New Cisco Broadband Index Research: Hybrid is a new standard in business, and employees require universal access to high-performance broadband Internet. 64% of employees surveyed in Poland believe that in order to work from anywhere, it is necessary to improve the existing Internet connections.
Successful work on a hybrid model depends on the quality and availability of the Internet. According to the latest release of the Cisco Broadband Index survey, people value access to efficient and secure Internet more than ever before. According to a global analysis of about 60,000 whites from 30 countries, including Poland, economic growth and the development of the information society will not be possible without universal access to a fast and reliable network.
“Safe and reliable high-quality internet is critical to the success of a hybrid model,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group. “We work closely with our global service providers to improve network performance, change the Internet economy and help them build a completely new network infrastructure, make it better and more accessible, and bring together more people and companies.” relying on him as much as possible. “
Almost 70% of respondents admit that fast and reliable Internet access is crucial for future economic growth (69%) and the development of a well-educated society (67%).
57% of respondents admitted that they could not access basic services such as online medical appointments during locking due to lack of a stable internet connection.
What do Poles think about the convenience of working remotely?
38% of respondents from Poland currently use the Internet to work from home or start their own business. 64% of Polish workers say that broadband services need to be significantly improved to support this new way of working. In a global survey, about 75% of all respondents share the same opinion. In Poland, 71% of respondents (78% of global results) said that the reliability and quality of broadband connections was of paramount importance to them. Dependence on effective internet access is that eight out of ten respondents (82% in Poland and 84% in total) actively use the Internet at home four or more hours a day (and 49% of Poles at least 7 hours). At the same time, almost 60% of households in Poland have three or more people using the Internet at the same time.
Today, many remote workers need more than a basic level of communication to perform their duties. To meet broadband requirements, almost a third of Polish respondents (30%) plan to upgrade their internet services over the next 12 months (compared to 44% of those surveyed worldwide).
Security comes first
To work from anywhere, employees must connect to corporate networks and applications outside the office, access work data from multiple locations through public and private networks, and use multiple devices. Of course, this carries the risk of attack, serious incident or security.
At the same time, workers in Poland are increasingly realizing that safety and security, as well as speed and reliability, will be key to the success of a hybrid business. In our country, more than half (57%) of people working remotely full-time and 51% in hybrid mode will pay more to provide secure broadband.
Effective internet is very important for SMEs
According to the World Bank, SMEs make up about 90% of all enterprises and account for more than 50% of global employment. In emerging markets, SMEs create seven out of ten jobs. Thus, the broadband network will play a key role in the growth and development of this key category of enterprises.
Today, 38% of workers in Poland use the Internet to work from home or run their own business, but this percentage is higher globally, at 48%. This is especially important for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that do not have the same resources and IT infrastructure as large organizations.
Eliminate gaps in access to digital technologies
In addition to the business world, improving the quality of Internet access has a major impact on the economy and society. Almost 70% of Polish respondents and 75% globally believe that access to a fast and reliable network is very important for future economic growth and a well-educated population. A similar percentage – 71% in Poland and 78% globally – says that everyone should be able to connect securely to a fast and reliable Internet, regardless of location.
“Currently, more than 40% of the world’s population is still disconnected from the network. Over the next 10 years, this lack of Internet access for about 3.4 billion people threatens to widen the digital divide, “said Guy Didrich, Cisco’s director of SVP and Global Innovation. time is of the essence. “
Data from the Cisco Broadband Index survey highlights concerns about the digital divide: Almost half of Polish respondents (49%) and 65% of all respondents say inadequate access to cheap and reliable broadband internet will be a major problem for people. is even more important in terms of employment and education. More than half of the respondents from Poland (57%) and more than half of all respondents (58%) said that they could not use basic services such as e-medical appointments, online education, social care and utilities. during locking due to unstable internet connection.
Partnership for digital access
The critical need to provide universal access to broadband Internet is an excellent opportunity for governments and businesses to collaborate and take action. 67% of Polish respondents and 75% of all respondents want governments to accelerate the implementation of plans to provide fast and reliable access to the network for all.
“To achieve this, government agencies must continue to support existing investments in the development of broadband communications, increasing their coverage and maximizing their accessibility.” In order to continue working with service providers and meet the growing digital needs of society, it is important to prioritize both the expansion of inadequate areas of communication and the improvement of existing services. Cisco has been involved in the development of Internet infrastructure in Poland for more than 25 years – both as a provider of the latest, secure network technologies available and implemented through more than 600 partner companies and the largest integrators and service providers in the Polish market, but also a quarter. Through technology courses at Cisco, which is attended by millions of people, the university, unfortunately, reduces the problem of shortage of specialists in the still existing market, “- concludes Przemysław Kania, CEO. Cisco in Poland.
About the Cisco Broadband Index report
The Cisco Broadband Index report is based on a survey of 59,796 workers from 30 countries: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. , Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, China, USA, Spain, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, UAE and the Netherlands. The study was completed in December 2021. The sample includes respondents from each region of the country or working part-time remotely; full time in the office; hybrid, between home and office; or employees who make the first contact. The survey was conducted by Censuswide, an independent research firm that employs members of the Market Research Association based on the principles of ESOMAR.
The latest version of the Cisco Broadband Index report can be downloaded from this link.