African business professionals ‘migrate massively’ to mobile

In a statement released in Accra this week, Africa Business Panel said a survey of 1776 business professionals across Africa found that only 67 percent are using a desktop, versus 94 percent using laptops. The tablet has already been adopted by 47 percent of the African business world. 76 percent use a smartphone, which is more than the use of the classic mobile phone (64%), and 9 percent possess both a private and a company smartphone.

On security, 87 percent of the laptop owners in the survey had security software installed. Among users of desktops, 76 percent made use of security software, while 46 percent of tablet users and 44 percent of smartphone users did.

The main reasons for not installing security software are high costs (39%), the lack of urgency (32%) and complexity (17%). The most used software security is McAfee (31%), followed by Microsoft (30%), Kapersky (28%), AVG/Grisoft (28%) and Symantec (16%).

On the question of usage frequency, 65 percent of the participants in the survey use their smartphones several times a day, 54 percent use their laptops just as frequently, with users of tablets following at 44 percent. 22 percent never use their personally owned mobile phone for work related communication as opposed to the smartphone, of which 6 percent of the owners say they never use it.

Asked about expected future use, 60 percent expect a strong increase in the use of smartphones. For the tablet and the laptop, response in perceived increase was 58 and 44 percent respectively.

On the other hand, asked about which devices the participants expected a strong decrease in use, 32 percent indicated the desktop, versus only 4 percent for both smartphone and tablet.

On the question of preferred brands, 30 percent of respondents who own a personal smartphone have a Samsung, followed by 22 percent with a Blackberry, 19 percent with an iPhone, 11 percent with a Nokia, 6 percent with an HTC, 2 percent with a Sony Ericsson and one percent each reporting they owned an LG or Motorola handset.

The market for company owned smartphones is led by Blackberry (31%), followed by Samsung (25%) and iPhone (23%).


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