Almost 40 percent. Poles now use the Internet to work from home or run their own businesses. High-speed access to the safe Internet is not only because the pandemic has forced Poles to understand how important it is for education, official work and the household in general.
According to the latest Cisco Broadband Index, 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.
Successful work on a hybrid model depends on the quality and availability of the Internet. 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.
71% of Polish 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).
“A secure, reliable, high-quality Internet hybrid is critical to the success of a working model,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Mass 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. “
In Poland, 38% of employees currently use the Internet to work from home or run their own business, about half of all respondents (48%). This is especially important for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that do not have the same resources and IT infrastructure as large organizations.
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.
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.
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, the lack of Internet access for about 3.4 billion people threatens to widen the digital divide, “said Guy Didrich, Cisco’s SVP and Global Innovation Specialist. is the basis. “
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 (57%) of respondents from Poland and more than half (58%) of all respondents said they did not have access to basic services such as e-medical appointments, online education, social care and utilities. during locking due to unstable internet connection.
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, public authorities must continue to support investment in the development of broadband communications, increasing their coverage and maximizing their accessibility,” concludes Przemysław Kania, Cisco’s CEO in Poland.