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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, June 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/09/2011   
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INTRODUCTION

  • The Internet Activity Survey (IAS) collects details on aspects of internet access services provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia.
  • This release contains data from ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers operating in Australia as at 30 June 2011. The Main Features section contains all data reported by ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers, even for census cycles. Separate data for census cycles are contained in the associated data cubes.
  • The ABS counts subscribers that have an internet connection with an ISP on the last day of the reference period. ABS subscriber statistics measure the number of 'subscriber lines' rather than the number of 'users' and therefore, counts of subscribers are not the same as counts of people/organisations with internet access. This is because some subscribers may have accounts with more than one ISP or multiple accounts with a single ISP. Conversely, there are single ISP subscriber accounts that provide internet access for multiple people/organisations (for example, universities).
  • Decreases in the number of ISPs can be attributed to the consolidation of ISPs or ISPs no longer being in scope, either by ceasing ISP activity or reporting a decrease in the number of subscribers.
  • In reporting sector data, ISPs may reclassify their subscribers from Business and government to Household, or vice versa, or they may report proportions in lieu of actual numbers which may impact upon the reported figures.
  • The ability of ISPs to report the volume of data downloaded is variable. Data presented for these items should only be considered as an indicative measure of internet activity during the reference period and therefore should be used with caution. The occurrence of special events during a cycle may result in abnormally high downloads. Data reported by ISPs for the volume of data downloaded via mobile handsets may only include revenue generating downloads and not monthly data allowances or downloads from free applications.
  • Detailed and historical information is available in the accompanying data cubes.


HIGHLIGHTS
  • At the end of June 2011, there were 10.9 million internet subscribers in Australia (excluding internet connections through mobile handsets). This represents annual growth of 14.8% and an increase of 4.4% since the end of December 2010.
  • The phasing out of dial-up internet connections continued with 95% of internet connections being broadband.
  • Australians continued to access increasingly faster download speeds, with 87% of access connections offering a download speed of 1.5Mbps or greater.
  • Mobile wireless internet (excluding mobile handset) connections (44%) now exceed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connections (41%) in Australia. Mobile wireless (excluding mobile handset connections) was the fastest growing internet access technology in actual numbers, increasing from 4.2 million in December 2010 to 4.8 million in June 2011.
Diagram: HIGHLIGHTS

(a) For ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers.

Internet activity summary, Australia, for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Jun 2010(a)
Dec 2010
Jun 2011

Number of ISPs(b)
Medium ISPs no.
72
71
64
Large ISPs no.
23
21
23
Very large ISPs no.
12
12
10
Total number of ISPs no.
107
104
97
Sector(c)
Dial-up (less than 256kbps)(d)
Business and government '000
177
189
111
Household '000
607
518
468
Total dial-up subscribers '000
785
707
579
Broadband (256kbps or greater)(d)
Business and government '000
1 681
2 144
2 089
Household '000
7 036
7 595
8 239
Total broadband subscribers '000
8 717
9 739
10 328
All subscribers
Business and government '000
1 859
2 333
2 200
Household '000
7 643
8 112
8 707
Total number of subscribers '000
9 502
10 446
10 906
Access connections
Dial-up(d) '000
784
707
569
Broadband(d)
DSL '000
4 212
4 458
4 493
Cable '000
np
np
881
Fibre '000
13
24
31
Satellite '000
np
np
106
Fixed wireless '000
25
24
34
Mobile wireless '000
3 453
4 230
4 786
Other broadband '000
np
np
7
All broadband connections '000
8 718
9 739
10 338
Total number of subscribers '000
9 502
10 446
10 906
Advertised download speed
Less than 256kbps '000
785
707
579
Broadband
256kbps to less than 1.5Mbps '000
1 950
1 240
812
1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps '000
3 540
4 067
4 614
8Mbps to less than 24Mbps '000
2 594
3 530
3 913
24Mbps or greater(e) '000
632
901
na
24Mbps to less than 100Mbps(e) '000
na
na
972
100Mbps or greater(e) '000
na
na
18
Broadband (256kbps or greater) '000
8 717
9 739
10 328
Total number of subscribers '000
9 502
10 446
10 906
Volume of data downloaded(f)
Dial-up TB
280
183
106
Broadband
Fixed line(g) TB
141 892
174 665
254 947
Wireless(h) TB
13 330
16 990
19 149
Total broadband TB
155 222
191 655
274 096
Total volume of data downloaded TB
155 503
191 839
274 202

na not available
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Even though this is a census cycle which collects data from all ISPs, data is only for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers.
(b) See paragraph 8 of the Explanatory Notes for ISP size categories. Decreases to ISP numbers can be attributed to consolidation of ISPs or ISPs becoming out of scope of the survey.
(c) ISPs may reclassify their subscribers from Business and government to Household, or vice versa, or they may report proportions in lieu of actual numbers which may impact upon the reported figures. Readers are advised to use these figures with caution.
(d) Dial-up and broadband figures by Sector are collected by advertised download speeds, therefore these data may not equal figures reported for type of access connection, due to some broadband connections being reported as less than 256kbps.
(e) Prior to June 2011 advertised download speed reported for 24Mbps or greater. From June 2011 data reported for 24Mbps to less than 100Mbps and 100Mbps or greater.
(f) Data reported for the 3 month period prior to the reference date.
(g) Fixed line includes DSL, cable, fibre and other fixed line broadband,
(h) Wireless includes satellite, fixed wireless, mobile wireless via a datacard, dongle, USB modem or tablet SIM card and other wireless broadband. Excludes connections via a mobile handset.



MOBILE HANDSET SUBSCRIBERS
  • At the end of June 2011, there were 9.7 million mobile handset subscribers in Australia. This represents an increase of 18.1% from December 2010.
  • Of the 9.7 million mobile handsets, 3.6 million (37%) were dedicated data subscriptions and 6.1 million all other active standard mobile subscriptions.
  • The volume of data downloaded via mobile handsets over the three months ended 30 June 2011 was 3,695 Terabytes.

Internet connections via a mobile handset, for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Jun 2010
Dec 2010
Jun 2011

Number of subscribers
Dedicated data subscription(a) '000
1 214
1 222
3 609
All other standard mobile subscription(b) '000
5 566
6 974
6 074
Total mobile handset subscribers '000
6 781
8 197
9 683
Volume of data downloaded(c)
Via a mobile handset TB
717
4 029
3 695

(a) A dedicated data subscription is a subscription over a mobile network which is purchased separately from voice services, either as a stand-alone service or as an add-on package to voice services.
(b) An active standard mobile subscription refers to a mobile service which has access to the internet via HTTP and has been used to make a data connection using Internet Protocol (IP) within the three month period prior to the reference date. This includes all casual/incidental browsing where a dedicated data subscription has not specifically been purchased.
(c) Data reported for the 3 month period prior to the reference date.



ROUNDING
  • Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of components and the total. Proportions have been calculated using unrounded data.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Andrew Puljic on Perth (08) 9360 5229.



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