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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, December 2013 Quality Declaration 
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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were asked to report subscriber numbers as at 31 December 2013, according to whether subscribers were classified by the ISPs as Business and government or Household. This item is self-reported according to the way that ISPs classify their subscribers, and changes in classification may impact on relative subscriber numbers.

Internet subscribers by sector(a)(b), for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Dec 2012
Jun 2013
Dec 2013

Dial-up (less than 256kbps)
Business and government
Total dial-up subscribers
Business and government
2 836
2 608
2 663
9 037
9 517
9 524
Total broadband subscribers
11 873
12 125
12 187
Total subscribers
Business and government
2 910
2 670
2 717
9 251
9 688
9 680
Total number of subscribers
12 161
12 358
12 397

(a) Between survey periods, subscriber classification by sector may vary due to ISPs reclassifying their subscribers from Business and government to Household, or vice versa. Readers are advised to use these figures with caution.
(b) 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.

Of the 12,397,000 internet subscribers in Australia at the end of December 2013, there were 78% classified as being Household subscribers, while 22% were Business and government.

Business and government subscriber numbers increased by 2% since the end of June 2013 to 2.7 million, while the number of Household subscribers was steady at 9.7 million over the same period. For both the Business and government and Household sectors, 98% of subscribers accessed the internet via a broadband connection.

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