8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, December 2015 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/04/2016   
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Mobile handset subscriber numbers

As at 31 December 2015, there were approximately 21.3 million mobile handset subscribers in Australia. This is an increase of 1.4% since the end of December 2014.

Internet connections via a mobile handset, for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Dec 2014
Jun 2015
Dec 2015

Total mobile handset subscribers '000
21 032
20 993
21 334
Volume of data downloaded via mobile handset(a)(b)TB
52 745
71 572
90 693

(a) The data downloaded is reported for the three month period prior to the reference date.
(b) The volume of data downloaded by mobile handsets may only include revenue generating downloads, and not monthly data allowances, or downloads that don't contribute to data download allowances.

Mobile handset subscriber downloads

The volume of data downloaded via mobile handsets for the three months ended 31 December 2015, was 90,693 Terabytes. This was a 27% increase in data downloads via mobile handsets from the three months ended 30 June 2015.

For the 21.3 million mobile handset subscribers, this equates to 1.4 GB of data downloaded per subscriber per month.