Wireless internet mobility overtakes copper for Australians

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 29/09/2011 14:00

Australians anxious to stay connected on the road have for the first time pushed wireless ahead of copper as the most common form of broadband used in Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics internet activity report for the six months to June has revealed that the number of consumers using some form of wireless service for their broadband, excluding mobile handsets, has surpassed the number using copper line ADSL for the first time.

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Net users fixed on data downloads
The popularity of wireless broadband has jumped in the past 12 months with nearly as many wireless as fixed subscriptions in service. But internet users vastly prefer using fixed connections for downloading activities, according to Bureau of Statistics figures.

The number of subscriptions for wireless and mobile broadband jumped from 6.7 million to 9.6 million in a year. The biggest increase was in wireless broadband modems, with subscriptions up from 1.2 million to 3.6 million in the period. But people still chose to do most of their downloading over fixed connections - mobile networks accounted for 7.5 per cent of data download volumes in the three months to June 2011, with fixed connections carrying the rest.

Mobile wireless connections more popular than DSL [news release]
The number of mobile wireless internet connections (excluding mobile handsets) exceeds the number of DSL connections in Australia for the first time, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

At the end of June 2011, mobile wireless broadband (excluding mobile handsets) connections accounted for 44% of all internet connections. DSL connections account for 41% of all connections.

Overall, internet subscribers in Australia climbed 4.4% to 10.9 million in the six months to June 2011, up from 10.4 million in December 2010.

At the end of June 2011, there were 9.7 million mobile handset internet subscribers in Australia, an increase of 18.1% from December 2010.

Further information is available in Internet Activity, Australia <www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8153.0/> (cat. no. 8153.0).
abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/latestProducts/8153.0Media Release1June 2011

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