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8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, Dec 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/04/2009   
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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 31 December 2008.
  • This is an electronic release of Internet Activity, Australia.
  • There is no publication release. More detailed and historic information is available in the accompanying datacubes.


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mobile wireless access connections were 1.30 million subscribers, or almost 20% of all non dial-up access connections. The number of connections using this technology continued to grow at a significant rate, as more ISPs offered this service, networks increased in coverage and prices fell.
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) continued to be the dominant access technology used for non dial-up subscribers, increasing to 4.21 million, or almost 63% of all non dial-up connections.
  • Cable, satellite and fixed wireless connections are now available separately for the first time.
  • Access to higher download speeds have increased since June 2008, with approximately 50% of all subscribers using a download speed of 1.5Mbps or greater.
  • Those subscribers accessing the internet with download speeds of 1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps represented the greatest number of users (25%). Over 41% of business and government subscribers were using this speed, compared to 22% of household subscribers. This and 8Mbps to less than 24Mbps were the most frequently used download speed for household subscribers.


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


INQUIRIES

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Internet Activity Summary: for all ISPs

units
Sep qtr 2006
Dec qtr 2007
Dec qtr 2008

Proportion of ISPs(a)
Very small
%
27
26
26
Small
%
43
43
43
Medium
%
24
23
22
Large
%
5
7
7
Very large
%
2
2
3
Total ISPs
%
100
100
100
Subscribers
Dial-up
Business and government
'000
277
268
234
Household
'000
2 472
1 619
1 082
All dial-up subscribers
'000
2 749
1 887
1 316
Non dial-up
Business and government
'000
549
697
1 087
Household
'000
3 360
4 522
5 593
All non dial-up subscribers
'000
3 908
5 218
6 680
All subscribers
Business and government
'000
826
965
1 321
Household
'000
5 831
6 140
6 675
Total subscribers
'000
6 657
7 105
7 996
Access connections
Dial-up
Analog
'000
2 724
1 862
1 298
ISDN/other
'000
25
25
13
All dial-up connections
'000
2 749
1 887
1 311
Non dial-up(b)
ISDN/other
'000
np
np
19
DSL
'000
2 995
3 815
4 208
Fixed wireless
'000
np
np
164
Mobile wireless
'000
np
np
1 298
Satellite
'000
np
58
80
Cable
'000
np
np
916
All non dial-up connections
'000
3 908
5 218
6 685
Total access connections
'000
6 657
7 105
7 996
Download speeds
Less than 256kbps
'000
2 757
1 887
1 319
Broadband(c)
256kbps to less than 512kbps
'000
1 327
1 580
1 458
512kbps to less than 1.5Mbps
'000
1 442
1 121
1 181
1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps(d)
'000
np
1 045
2 012
8Mbps to less than 24Mbps(d)
'000
np
1 293
1 653
24Mbps or greater(d)
'000
np
180
373
Total broadband (256kbps or greater)
'000
3 900
5 218
6 678
Total download speeds
'000
6 657
7 105
7 996
Volume data downloaded(e)
Dial-up
million MBs
2 216
2 693
1 079
Non dial-up
million MBs
33 931
56 638
80 274
Business and government
million MBs
6 733
6 247
15 180
Household
million MBs
29 415
53 084
66 172
Total volume data downloaded
million MBs
36 148
59 331
81 352

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) See paragraph 9 of the Explanatory Notes for a description of ISP size categories.
(b) More detail is available in datacube 1.
(c) Broadband refers to an 'always on' internet connection with an access speed equal to or greater than 256kbps.
(d) Prior to December 2007, download speed data is only available for 1.5Mbps or greater. See datacube 2 for more download speed information.
(e) During the three months of the reference period.



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