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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, Jun 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/09/2010   
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NOTES


INTRODUCTION

  • The Internet Activity Survey (IAS) collects details on aspects of internet access services provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia.
  • This release contains results from all ISPs operating in Australia as at 30 June 2010.
  • Active subscribers are defined as subscribers who have accessed the internet or paid for access to the internet during the three months ending 30 June 2010. Counts of subscribers are not the same as counts of people/organisations with internet access, as subscribers may have accounts with more than one ISP or multiple accounts with a single ISP.
  • This is an electronic release of Internet Activity, Australia. More detailed and historical information is available in the accompanying datacubes.
  • This is the first release of wireless connections to the internet via a mobile handset (please see Appendix 1).


HIGHLIGHTS
  • At the end of June 2010, there were 9.6 million active internet subscribers in Australia.
  • The phasing out of dial-up internet connections continued with nearly 92% of internet connections now being non dial-up. Australians also continued to access increasingly faster download speeds, with 71% of access connections offering a download speed of 1.5Mbps or greater.
  • Digital subscriber line (DSL) continued to be the major technology for connections, accounting for 44% of the total internet connections. However, this percentage share has decreased since December 2009 when DSL represented 47% of the total connections.
  • Mobile wireless (excluding mobile handset connections) was the fastest growing technology in internet access, increasing to 3.5 million in June 2010. This represents a 21.7% increase from December 2009.
Diagram: HIGHLIGHTS
              (a) For ISPs with more than 1,000 active subscribers.
              (b) Prior to December 2008, 'Other' includes satellite, cable and fibre.


ROUNDING
  • Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of components and the total. Proportions have been calculated using unrounded data.


REVISIONS
  • Data for December 2009 were revised due to reporting issues which were identified during editing for the June 2010 quarter.

Internet activity summary, Australia, for all ISPs

Jun 2009(a)
Dec 2009(a)
Jun 2010

Number of ISPs(b)
Very small no.
na
na
99
Small no.
na
na
166
Medium no.
68
r66
72
Large no.
29
r27
23
Very large no.
12
r10
12
Total ISPs no.
109
r103
372
Subscribers
Dial-up
Business and government '000
215
r188
180
Household '000
887
r717
623
All dial-up subscribers '000
1 103
r905
803
Non dial-up
Business and government '000
1 174
r1 440
1 704
Household '000
6 144
r6 605
7 063
All non dial-up subscribers '000
7 317
r8 046
8 766
All subscribers
Business and government '000
1 389
r1 629
1 883
Household '000
7 031
r7 322
7 686
Total subscribers '000
8 420
r8 951
9 569
Access connections
Dial-up
Analog '000
1 077
r889
791
Other '000
10
r2
11
All dial-up connections '000
1 087
r891
801
Non dial-up
DSL '000
4 171
r4 178
4 246
Cable '000
na
np
np
Fibre '000
na
np
15
Satellite '000
90
107
113
Fixed wireless '000
(c)97
r22
33
Mobile wireless '000
2 024
2 838
3 455
Other '000
20
r5
np
All non dial-up connections '000
7 333
r8 059
8 768
Total access connections '000
8 420
r8 950
9 569
Advertised download speeds
Less than 256kbps '000
1 103
r905
803
Broadband
256kbps to less than 512kbps '000
1 297
r1 030
504
512kbps to less than 1.5Mbps '000
1 249
r1 351
1 475
1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps '000
2 529
r3 188
3 553
8Mbps to less than 24Mbps '000
1 800
r1 973
2 600
24Mbps or greater '000
443
r503
635
Broadband (256kbps or greater) '000
7 317
r8 046
8 766
Total advertised download speed '000
8 420
r8 951
9 569
Volume of data downloaded(d)
Dial-up TB
466
r294
280
Fixed line broadband(e) TB
na
r113 410
141 892
Wireless broadband(f) TB
na
r14 251
13 330
Total broadband TB
98 782
r127 661
155 222
Total volume of data downloaded TB
99 249
r127 954
155 503

na not available
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
r revised
(a) For June 2009 and December 2009 data is for those ISPs with more than 1,000 active subscribers.
(b) See paragraph 8 of the Explanatory Notes for ISP size categories.
(c) Data unrevised and considered unreliable; please see paragraph 15 of the Explanatory Notes.
(d) Data collected for the 3 month period prior to the reference date.
(e) Fixed line broadband includes DSL, cable, fibre and other wired broadband.
(f) Wireless broadband includes satellite, fixed wireless, mobile wireless via a datacard, dongle or USB modem and other wireless broadband. Excludes subscriptions via a mobile handset.



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