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MOBILE HANDSET SUBSCRIBERS


MOBILE HANDSET SUBSCRIBERS

Mobile handset subscriber numbers

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were asked to report the number of subscribers with internet access connections via a mobile handset as at 31 December 2011. Subscribers are reported for access connections via either a dedicated data subscription or all other active standard mobile subscriptions.

ISPs are able to provide a total number of mobile handsets, however, may not be able to provide the split between dedicated data subscriptions and all other standard mobile subscriptions. Data splits from these ISPs have been estimated and should be used with caution.

At the end of December 2011, there were 11.0 million mobile handset subscribers in Australia. This represents an increase of 13.6% from June 2011. Of these, 2.2 million (20%) were dedicated data subscriptions and 8.8 million (80%) were all other active standard mobile subscriptions.


Mobile handset subscriber downloads

ISPs were also asked to report the volume of downloads for the three months ended 31 December 2011, from subscribers with internet access connections via a mobile handset.

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.

The volume of data downloaded via mobile handsets over the three months ended 31 December 2011 was 5,000 Terabytes, an increase of 35.3% from June 2011.

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

Dec 2010
Jun 2011
Dec 2011

Number of subscribers
Dedicated data subscriptions(a) '000
1 222
r2 509
2 162
All other standard mobile subscriptions(b) '000
6 974
r7 174
8 838
Total mobile handset subscribers '000
8 197
9 683
11 000
Volume of data downloaded
Via a mobile handset(c) TB
4 029
3 695
5 000

r revised
(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.



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