8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, December 2016  
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TYPE OF ACCESS CONNECTION

There were approximately 13.5 million internet subscribers in Australia at the end of December 2016. This is an increase of 4.7% from the end of December 2015. Fibre continues to be the fastest growing type of internet connection in both percentage terms and subscriber numbers. The number of fibre connections increased to more than 1.4 million connections, which is an increase of 122% in the year between December 2015 and December 2016.


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

Dec 2015
Jun 2016
Dec 2016
'000
'000
'000

Dial-up subscribers
93
90
na
Broadband subscribers
DSL
5 030
5 032
4 716
Cable
1 004
1 029
1 048
Fibre
645
960
1 431
Satellite
np
62
76
Fixed wireless
84
83
102
Mobile wireless
6 025
6 039
6 087
Other
np
1
1
All broadband subscribers
12 853
13 207
13 461

(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