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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, Jun 2006  
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NOTES


INTRODUCTION

  • The Internet Activity Survey (IAS) is a census which collects details on aspects of Internet access services provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia. This publication contains results from all ISPs operating in Australia with over 10,000 subscribers as at 30 June 2006.
  • This is an electronic release of Internet Activity in Australia. There is no accompanying publication released.

Note:
  • This commentary refers only to the Internet activity of subscribers to those ISPs with more than 10,000 active subscribers during the relevant reference periods. These are the Large and Very Large ISPs.


HIGHLIGHTS
  • At the end of the June quarter 2006, there were almost 6 million active Internet subscribers in Australia, comprised of 867,000 business and government subscribers and almost 5.1 million household subscribers.
  • The number of dial-up subscribers was almost 2.8 million, compared with over 3.1 million non dial-up subscribers recorded at the end of June 2006.
  • Non dial-up subscribers increased from almost 1.7 million at the end of March 2005 to over 3.1 million at the end of June 2006. Non dial-up subscribers represented 53% of total Internet subscribers in Australia at the end of June 2006 compared with 31% at the end of March 2005.
  • Household subscribers comprise the majority of broadband connections of 2.6 million, these technologies were used by 51% of total household subscribers. A higher proportion of business and government subscribers (64%) have taken advantage of faster access speeds.
  • There were 36,232 million megabytes (MB) of data downloaded by subscribers during the three months ended 30 June 2006.
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) remained the predominant access technology used for non dial-up Internet services with almost 76% of total non dial-up subscribers being connected using this means.
  • Using the definition currently adopted by the ABS to define broadband (an 'always on' Internet connection with an access speed equal to or greater than 256kbps), there were over 3.1 million broadband subscribers at the end of June 2006.


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


REVIEW OF THE INTERNET ACTIVITY SURVEY
  • The ABS has previously notified readers of this publication of a suspension to the survey pending the outcome of a review. The review considered ongoing requirements for the range of data, new and emerging data needs related to Internet activity, methodology, scope and data collection mechanisms. The outcome is such that, the Internet Activity Survey will be conducted on an annual basis from September 2006.
  • If you need to know more about the review contact Tim Landrigan on Perth (08) 9360 5104 or email tim.landrigan@abs.gov.au.

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2006 16 February 2007


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Tim Landrigan on Perth (08) 9360 5104.



TABLES

TABLE 1. Internet Activity Summary, Australia

March Quarter 2004
March Quarter 2005
June Quarter 2006

ISPs(a)
Large
no.
25
25
20
Very Large
no.
9
10
10
Total
no.
34
35
30
Subscribers(b)
Dial-up
Business and government
'000
403
351
310
Household
'000
3 429
3 358
2 474
Total
'000
3 832
3 709
2 784
Non dial-up
Business and government
'000
197
349
557
Household
'000
581
1 326
2 605
Total
'000
779
1 675
3 161
Total
Business and government
'000
601
699
867
Household
'000
4 010
4 684
5 079
Total
'000
4 611
5 384
5 945
Data Downloaded(c)
Dial-up
Business and government
million MBs
92
212
212
Household
million MBs
1 260
1 343
1 287
Total
million MBs
1 352
1 555
1 498
Non dial-up
Business and government
million MBs
915
2 383
11 831
Household
million MBs
3 336
8 403
22 903
Total
million MBs
4 251
10 786
34 734
Total
Business and government
million MBs
1 007
2 595
12 043
Household
million MBs
4 596
9 746
24 189
Total
million MBs
5 603
12 341
36 232

(a) See paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes for a description of ISP size categories.
(b) As at 30 June 2006.
(c) During the three months ending 30 June 2006.



TABLE 2. Internet Activity Summary by State and Territories

June Quarter 2006
All subscribers '000
Proportion of subscribers %

New South Wales
1 994
33
Victoria
1 457
25
Queensland
1 256
21
South Australia
398
7
Western Australia
586
10
Tasmania
127
2
Northern Territory
44
1
Australian Capital Territory
84
1
Australia
5 945
100



TABLE 3. Internet Subscribers and ISPs, by access technology

June Quarter 2006
No. of subscribers '000
Proportion of subscribers %
Number of ISPs(a)

Dial-up
Total(b)
2 784
47
28
Non dial-up
DSL
2 407
40
27
Other
754
13
21
Total(c)
3 161
53
29
Total of all subscribers
5 945
100
30

(a) As ISPs are counted for each technology provided, totals may not equal the sum of the components.
(b) Includes analog, ISDN and satellite.
(c) Includes ISDN, satellite, wireless, cable and other non dial-up technologies.



TABLE 4. Internet Subscribers and ISPs, by subscriber type and download speed

June Quarter 2006
Number of subscribers '000
Proportion of subscribers %
Number of ISPs(a)

Business and Government Subscribers
Less than 256kbps
317
37
25
Broadband(b)
256kbps to less than 512kbps
207
24
24
512kbps to less than 1.5Mbps
195
23
27
1.5Mbps or greater
147
17
25
Total Broadband
550
63
28
Total all access speeds
867
100
28
Household Subscribers
Less than 256kbps
2 492
49
28
Broadband(b)
256kbps to less than 512kbps
927
18
27
512kbps to less than 1.5Mbps
879
17
28
1.5Mbps or greater
781
15
24
Total Broadband
2 586
51
28
Total all access speeds
5 078
100
29
All Subscribers
Less than 256kbps
2 809
47
28
Broadband(b)
256kbps to less than 512kbps
1 134
19
27
512kbps to less than 1.5Mbps
1 074
18
29
1.5Mbps or greater
928
16
26
Total Broadband
3 136
53
29
Total all access speeds
5 945
100
30

(a) Number of ISPs reporting subscribers within this download range. As ISPs are counted for each download speed range, totals may not equal the sum of the components.
(b) An 'always on' Internet connection with an access speed equal or greater than 256Kbps.


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