8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, June 2017  
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TYPE OF ACCESS CONNECTION

There were 13.7 million internet subscribers in Australia at the end of June 2017. This is an increase of 2.1% from the end of December 2016. Fibre connections grew by 49.8% in the six months between December 2016 and June 2017. There were 2.1 million fibre connections in June 2017, an increase of 123.3% for the year between June 2016 and June 2017.

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

Jun 2016
Dec 2016
Jun 2017
'000
'000
'000

Dial-up subscribers
90
na
na
Broadband subscribers
DSL
5 032
4 716
4 233
Cable
1 029
1 048
1 010
Fibre
960
1 431
2 144
Satellite
62
76
np
Fixed wireless
83
102
138
Mobile wireless
6 039
6 087
6 107
Other
1
1
np
All broadband subscribers
13 207
13 461
13 748

(a) Figures reported by type of access connection may not equal figures collected by advertised download speeds. This is due to some broadband connections being reported as less than 256kbps and some dial-up connections being reported as higher than 256kbps. As of December 2016, dial-up is no longer an applicable response category for type of access connection.
np not available for publication but included in the totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
na not applicable


ADVERTISED DOWNLOAD SPEED


Internet subscribers by advertised download speed

Dec 2016
Jun 2017
'000
'000

Broadband
Less than 1.5Mbps
92
np
1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps
2 158
np
8Mbps to less than 24Mbps
3 368
3 552
24Mbps to less than 100Mbps
7 557
8 073
100Mbps or greater
286
391
Total broadband subscribers
13 461
13 748

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated.


NUMBER OF INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPs)


As at 30 June 2017, there were 63 ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers in Australia contributing to these statistics.

Number of ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Jun 2016
Dec 2016
Jun 2017
no.
no.
no.

ISP size
Medium ISPs (1,001 - 10,000 subscribers)
33
34
32
Large ISPs (10,001 - 100,000 subscribers)
23
19
22
Very large ISPs (100,001 or greater subscribers)
10
10
9
Total number of ISPs
66
63
63



VOLUME OF DATA DOWNLOADED


The total volume of data downloaded in the three months ended 30 June 2017 was 3.0 million Terabytes (or 3.0 Exabytes).

This is a 15.8% increase in data downloads when compared with the three months ended 31 December 2016 and a 42.8% increase in the year between June 2016 and June 2017.

Data downloaded via fixed line broadband (2.9 million Terabytes) accounted for 97.2% of all internet downloads in the three months ended 30 June 2017.



Volume of data downloaded by type of access connection(a)

Jun 2016
Dec 2016
Jun 2017
TB
TB
TB

Volume of data downloaded
Broadband
Fixed line(b)
2 049 553
2 532 367
2 913 245
Wireless(c)
48 100
54 689
82 727
Total Broadband
2 097 654
2 587 056
2 995 972

(a) The volume of data downloaded is reported for the three month period prior to the reference date.
(b) Fixed line includes DSL, cable, fibre and other fixed line broadband.
(c) Wireless includes satellite, fixed wireless, mobile wireless via a datacard, dongle, USB modem or tablet SIM card and other wireless broadband. Excludes data downloaded via mobile handsets which is reported in the mobile handset section.


The following graph shows the number of internet subscribers and the volume of data downloaded for the reporting periods between June 2010 and June 2017.





MOBILE HANDSET SUBSCRIBERS


Mobile handset subscriber numbers

As at 30 June 2017, there were approximately 26.3 million mobile handset subscribers in Australia. This is an increase of 3.4% since December 2016.

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

Jun 2016
Dec 2016
Jun 2017

Total mobile handset subscribers '000
24 818
25 457
26 330
Volume of data downloaded via mobile handset(a)(b)TB
121 147
146 050
175 076

(a) The volume of 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 30 June 2017 was 175,076 Terabytes. This was a 19.9% increase in data downloads via mobile handsets for the three months ended 30 June 2017 and a 44.5% increase in downloads in the year ended 30 June 2017.

For the 26.3 million mobile handset subscribers, this equates to 2.2 GB of data downloaded per subscriber per month.