This is the finding from new research conducted by telecoms analyst, Ovum, to gain insight on the uptake of new connected home services from broadband providers.
While email, techical support and PC security are currently the most popular services requested by customers, the interest in receiving home security and monitoring, smart energy control and meda sharing services by consumers shows potential, according to Ovum.
The key to realising this potential is however price, says Philpott. "As with all connected home services, low willingness to pay is a major factor."
"When it comes to home security, where broadband providers could potentially offer services such as monitoring and control via smartphones, our research found that 22 per cent of the Australian respondents would be interested in receiving this service. At the same time, only 17 percent of respondents would be willing to pay more than a month for $5 per month for it", said Michael Philpott, Principal Analyst.
Furthermore, only six per cent of Australians who expressed an interest in these connected services would be willing to pay the high monthly fees associated with the product that are currently on the market, said Philpott.
Smart energy solution is a very hot topic in Australia with 29 percent of respondents showing interest in the new technology.