|South Africa’s R100-billion telecoms market is expected to grow exponentially over the next three years to some R140-billion by 2011, information technology (IT) market analyst BMI-TechKnowledge’s latest survey indicates.
The business enterprise sector occupied 47% of the market, with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) accounting for 95% and corporates 5%, while the residential and informal market occupied the rest.
Strong growth and “heaps of opportunity” in the IT sector was expected to result in increased spend, from the 7,5% in hardware, 6,4% in services and 6% in software for 2006/7 year, BMI-T IT research manager Roy Blume said on Tuesday at a briefing held in Johannesburg.
Corporate sector IT spend in the next year was expected to increase notably, compared with SMEs, which were expected to find â€œways of doing more with what they haveâ€, he said.
A BMI-T survey conducted early this year revealed that some companies in the corporate sector were anticipating increased IT spend of 60% in 2007/8, while a large number of SMEâ€™s expected spending between 20% and 25% more.
Further, SMEâ€™s were â€œlooking at the security environment more seriouslyâ€ and expected to either increase spend or find alternate ways of tackling spam and viruses, using their existing packages.
â€œSeventy-four percent of SMEs see viruses as the biggest threat,” Blume said.
Big corporates, on the other hand, were â€œlooking more in the direction of employees than at virusesâ€ in breaching security.