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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, June 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/10/2013   
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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were asked to report subscriber numbers as at 30 June 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

Jun 2012
Dec 2012
Jun 2013

Dial-up (less than 256kbps)
Business and government
Total dial-up subscribers
Business and government
2 774
2 836
2 608
8 826
9 037
9 517
Total broadband subscribers
11 600
11 873
12 125
Total subscribers
Business and government
2 869
2 910
2 670
9 167
9 251
9 688
Total number of subscribers
12 036
12 161
12 358

(a) ISPs may reclassify their subscribers from Business and government to Household, or vice versa, or they may report proportions in lieu of actual numbers which may impact upon the reported figures. 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 12,358,000 internet subscribers in Australia at the end of June 2013, there were 78% classified as Household subscribers, while 22% were Business and government.

Business and government subscriber numbers decreased by 8% since the end of December 2012 to 2.7 million, while the number of Household subscribers increased by 5% to 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.


The June 2013 iteration of the Internet Activity Survey is a full census of all ISPs operating in Australia. Comparison is made between June 2013 Census and the previous census cycle, conducted in respect of June 2010.

Of the 12,408,000 internet subscribers in Australia at the end of June 2013, there were 78% classified as Household subscribers, while 22% were Business and government subscribers. In the previous census cycle, in June 2010, Household subscribers comprised 80% of the total, while 20% were Business and government.

Further information is available in the Internet Activity Census cycle Data Cube.

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