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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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In the September quarter 2000, the ABS commenced a quarterly survey of all identified businesses in Australia providing Internet connectivity services, except for libraries, Internet kiosks and Internet cafes. Table 24.5 shows summary indicators of Internet activity from the June quarter 2001 survey. The important features were as follows:

  • there were 628 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia supplying Internet access services to 4.2 million active subscribers. The five largest ISPs (each with more than 100,000 subscribers) provided Internet access to 57% of subscribers;
  • across Australia, ISPs provided 2,200 points of presence and 480,600 access lines, indicating that, on average, there were 8.7 subscribers per Internet access line;
  • there were 1,204 million megabytes (Mbs) of data downloaded by Internet subscribers during the June quarter 2001, an average of 288 Mbs per subscriber; and
  • although there was a wide distribution of ISPs across Australia, capital cities accounted for 72% of access lines, 74% of subscribers and 82% of Mbs downloaded.

24.5 INTERNET ACTIVITY, AUSTRALIA, Summary Indicators - June Quarter 2001

Indicator
Units
Capital cities
Other areas
Total

Internet Access
- Points of presence
no.
972
1,228
2,200
- Access lines
no.
347,551
133,049
480,600
Subscribers
'000
3,090
1,091
4,181
Data downloaded
million Mbs
982
222
1,204
Average number of subscribers per access line
no.
8.9
8.2
8.7
Average data downloaded per subscriber
Mbs
318
203
288

Source: Internet Activity, Australia, June Quarter 2001 (8153.0).


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