Australia’s growing addiction to wireless broadband; 40% of population now subscribes to internet

Australians can’t get enough of mobile wireless internet, new Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows.Since December last year there has been a 51 per cent increase in subscribers to mobile wireless, the service that allows customers to access the net at places away from their home such as coffee shops and airport lounges.To read this report from The Australian in full, see:,25197,26070919-601,00.htmlAlso see:ABS Report: Internet Activity, Australia, Jun 2009

  • At the end of June 2009, there were 8.4 million (40 per cent of the population) active internet subscribers in Australia.
  • Digital subscriber line (DSL) continued to be the major technology for non dial-up connections, accounting for 57% (4.2 million) of these connections. However, this percentage share has decreased since December 2008 when DSL represented 63% of non dial-up access connections.
  • Mobile wireless subscribers had the next highest share, increasing significantly from 20% of all non dial-up connections (1.3 million) in December 2008 to 27% (2 million) in June 2009. This represents an increase of 51% over the six month period. (Note that mobile wireless subscriptions to the internet via a datacard or USB modem are included in the scope of this survey, but connections to the internet via mobile telephones are excluded).
  • Northern Territory subscriber numbers continued with an upward trend increasing by 20% since December 2008 to 83,000.
  • The general trend towards higher download speeds continued, with 57% of subscribers now using a download speed of 1.5Mbps or greater, compared with 51% in December 2008.

To read this report from The Australian Bureau of Statistics in full, see:

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