The effect of fixed and mobile broadband usage on entrepreneurial competencies and intentions among individuals within Gauteng

Hudson, Brett
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Broadband internet is one of the most important information and communication technologies available today, with the capability of providing a fertile environment for entrepreneurship to flourish in South Africa. International literature suggests that broadband can enhance entrepreneurial activities within developed economies, but little research has been conducted on this topic in a South African context. There has been a distinct lack of empirical evidence concerning broadband internet in South Africa and more specifically the differences between the type of broadband (mobile or fixed) used. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between the type of broadband people use, and their entrepreneurial competencies and intentions, within the province of Gauteng. Entrepreneurial competencies included in this study were entrepreneurial self-efficacy, creative problem-solving ability, and networking ability. Data was collected using an electronically distributed survey to people within the province of Gauteng. A final number of 150 respondents were used as the sample for the quantitative analysis. The findings from the study reveal that the type of broadband people use has no relationship to their entrepreneurial competencies or intentions. The exploratory analysis, however, identified that the amount of broadband people have access to positively correlates to their entrepreneurial intentions. This suggests that broadband internet can positively impact on entrepreneurship in Gauteng. Key words: Broadband internet, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial competencies, Entrepreneurial self-efficacy, Creative problem-solving ability, Networking ability, Entrepreneurial intentions, Gauteng.
A research proposal submitted , in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Management in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation to the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2020