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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, June 2013 Quality Declaration 
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TYPE OF ACCESS CONNECTION


TYPE OF ACCESS CONNECTION

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were asked to report subscriber numbers by type of access connection as at 30 June 2013.


ISPs WITH MORE THAN 1,000 SUBSCRIBERS

There were 12,358,000 internet subscribers in Australia at the end of June 2013. This represents an increase of 2% since the end of December 2012 and an annual growth of 3%.

The number and proportion of internet connections that were dial-up continued to decline, with over 98% of internet connections at 30 June 2013 being broadband.

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Footnote(s): For ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Source(s): 8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia



At 30 June 2013, there were 6.2 million mobile wireless broadband connections in Australia, an increase of 3% since the end of December 2012. Mobile wireless broadband was again the most prevalent internet technology in Australia, accounting for half of all connections.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connections increased by 1% over the same period, to 4.8 million connections.

In percentage terms, Fibre was the fastest growing type of internet access connection, increasing by 26% since the end of December 2012, to 115,000 connections at 30 June 2013.

Internet subscribers by type of access connection(a)(b), for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Jun 2012
Dec 2012
Jun 2013
'000
'000
'000

Dial-up connections
439
282
227
Broadband connections
DSL
4 632
4 727
4 787
Cable
917
918
934
Fibre
52
91
115
Satellite
94
92
93
Fixed wireless
30
49
49
Mobile wireless
5 862
5 995
6 150
Other
10
7
3
All broadband connections
11 597
11 879
12 131
Total number of subscribers
12 036
12 161
12 358

(a) Dial-up and broadband figures reported by type of access connection may not equal figures collected by advertised download speeds, due to some broadband connections being reported as less than 256kbps.
(b) Data reported by type of access connection may be influenced by cyclical factors, such as educational semesters. This could impact on the data reported at each reference period of the IAS, namely 30 June and 31 December, particularly for types of access connection where relatively small numbers are reported.



ISP CENSUS

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.

In June 2013 there were 12,408,000 internet subscribers in Australia, compared to 9,569,000 in June 2010.

The proportion of internet subscribers with access connection via dial-up was 2% in June 2013, compared with 8% in June 2010. The proportion of connections that were DSL decreased to 39% in June 2013 from 44% in June 2010, and subscribers with access connection via mobile wireless broadband increased to 50% of all connections in June 2013, from 36% in June 2010.

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


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