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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, December 2013 Quality Declaration 
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VOLUME OF DATA DOWNLOADED


Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with more than 1,000 subscribers were asked to report the volume of data downloaded for the three months ended 31 December 2013.

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 should be used with caution. The occurrence of special events may result in abnormally high downloads.

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

Dec 2012
Jun 2013
Dec 2013
TB
TB
TB

Broadband
Fixed line(b)
526 472
629 964
823 421
Wireless(c)
28 196
27 232
37 426
Total broadband
554 668
657 196
860 847
Total volume of data downloaded(d)
554 771
657 262
860 920

(a) Data reported for the three month period prior to the reference date.
(b) Fixed line includes DSL, cable, fibre and other fixed line broadband.
(c) Wireless includes satellite, fixed wireless, mobile wireless via a datacard, dongle, USB modem or tablet SIM card and other wireless broadband. Excludes data downloaded via mobile handsets which is reported in the mobile handset chapter.
(d) Dial-up volume is not shown separately, but is included in the total.


The overall volume of data downloaded in the three months ended 31 December 2013 increased by 31%, compared with the three months ended 30 June 2013, to 860,920 Terabytes.


Graph:  shows growth in the volume of data downloaded between June 2010 to December 2013. Over this period the volume of data downloaded in the three months prior to the reference date has increased more than 450%.


Data downloaded by fixed-line broadband (823,421 Terabytes) accounted for 96% of all internet downloads in the three months ended 31 December 2013.

The volume of data downloaded by fixed-line broadband increased by a third in the three months to 31 December 2013 compared to the three months to 30 June 2013. An annual comparison of the volume of data downloaded by fixed line broadband shows a 56% increase.

Data downloaded using wireless broadband (other than via mobile handset) recorded a 37% increase compared to the three months ended 30 June 2013, to 37,426 Terabytes.


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