Geneva – Broadband Internet access is becoming so vital for businesses that it can be seen as a new utility comparable to water and electricity, the UN’s Conference on Trade and Development has said in a report.
The growing importance of high speed Internet access is “disturbing news” for the developing world where broadband access is scarce, because technology is exerting an ever greater influence on global business trends, UNCTAD warned.
What is scary is when just one company is in control of our access to Boradband internet in South Africa and it takes 6 to 8 weeks to have a DSL line installed at your office. 6-8 weeks without a basic business utility.. Can you imagine not being able to make coffee or tea, do the dishes or water the office plants for 6-8 weeks?
“It’s absolutely necessary for countries because without broadband, it is difficult to have e-business,” said Genevieve Feraud, one of the authors of the the Information Economy Report 2006.
“Broadband is so important that we call it a utility which is just as necessary as water, electricity,” she told journalists.
Yip, even Geekspin knows that broadband is a basic utility. If you need ADSL installed at your business give Liveweb’s Giovanni a call, you wont have to call Telkom, they’ll call you. Only thing you’ll have to do is wait 6-8 weeks on Telkom like the rest of us. Read the Broadband Internet is a Basic Business Utility article on IOL Technology.