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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 31 December 2012.

There were 12.2 million internet subscribers in Australia at the end of December 2012. This represents an increase of 1% since the end of June 2012 and an annual growth of 5%.

The proportion of internet connections that were dial-up continued to decline, with over 98% of internet connections at 31 December 2012 being broadband.
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Footnote(s): For ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Source(s): 8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia



At 31 December 2012, there were 6.0 million mobile wireless broadband connections in Australia, an increase of 2% since the end of June 2012. Mobile wireless broadband was again the most prevalent internet technology in Australia, accounting for 49% of all connections.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connections increased by 2% over the same period, to 4.7 million connections.

Fibre was the fastest growing type of internet access connection, in percentage terms, increasing by 75% since the end of June 2012, to 91,000 connections at 31 December 2012.

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

Dec 2011
Jun 2012
Dec 2012
'000
'000
'000

Dial-up connections
473
439
282
Broadband connections
DSL
4 553
4 632
4 727
Cable
900
917
918
Fibre
37
52
91
Satellite
100
94
92
Fixed wireless
35
30
49
Mobile wireless
5 491
5 862
5 995
Other
8
10
7
All broadband connections
11 123
11 597
11 879
Total number of subscribers
11 596
12 036
12 161

(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.



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