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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, December 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were asked to report subscriber numbers as at 31 December 2012, according to whether subscribers were classified as Business and government, or Household.

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

Dec 2011
Jun 2012
Dec 2012

Dial-up (less than 256kbps)
Business and government
Total dial-up subscribers
Business and government
2 558
2 774
2 836
8 563
8 826
9 037
Total broadband subscribers
11 121
11 600
11 873
Total subscribers
Business and government
2 654
2 869
2 910
8 942
9 167
9 251
Total number of subscribers
11 596
12 036
12 161

(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.

Household subscribers accounted for 76% of the 12.2 million internet subscribers in Australia at the end of December 2012, while 24% were classified as Business and government subscribers.

Business and government subscriber numbers increased by 1% since the end of June 2012 to 2.9 million, while the number of Household subscribers increased by 1% to 9.3 million over the same period.

For the Business and government sector, 97% of subscribers accessed the internet via a broadband connection (unchanged), compared with 98% of Household subscribers (up 2 percentage points).

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