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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, Jun 2012 Quality Declaration 
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TYPE OF ACCESS CONNECTION




Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were asked to report subscriber numbers by type of access connection as at 30 June 2012.

There were 12.0 million internet subscribers in Australia at the end of June 2012. This represents an increase of 4% since the end of December 2011 and an annual growth of 10%.

The proportion of internet connections that were dial-up continued to decline, with over 96% of internet connections at 30 June 2012 reported as broadband.

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Footnote(s): For ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Source(s): 8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia



At 30 June 2012, there were 5.9 million mobile wireless broadband connections in Australia, an increase of 7% since the end of December 2011. Mobile wireless broadband was again the most prevalent internet technology in Australia, accounting for 49% of all connections. Note these data exclude mobile handsets.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connections increased by 2% from the end of December 2011, to 4.6 million connections as at 30 June 2012. Fibre connections increased from 37,000 to 52,000 over the same period.

Internet subscribers by type of access connection (a), for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Jun 2011
Dec 2011
Jun 2012
'000
'000
'000

Access connection
Dial-up connections
569
473
439
Broadband connections
DSL
4 493
4 553
4 632
Cable
881
900
917
Fibre
31
37
52
Satellite
106
100
94
Fixed wireless
34
35
30
Mobile wireless
4 786
5 491
5 862
Other
7
8
10
All broadband connections
10 338
11 123
11 597
Total number of subscribers
10 906
11 596
12 036

(a) Dial-up and broadband figures reported by type of access connection may not equal figures collected by advertised download speeds, due to some broadband connections being reported as less than 256kbps.
(b) Data reported by type of access connection may be influenced by cyclical factors, such as educational semesters. This could impact on the data reported at each reference period of the IAS, namely 30 June and 31 December, particularly for types of access connection where relatively small numbers are reported.



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