ABS: Over 500,000 net users get 24Mbps

Latest Internet Activity Survey finds DSL remains strong but wireless connections rising fastest

The ABS has released its latest Internet Activity Survey results. Image Credit: ABS

The ABS has released its latest Internet Activity Survey results. Image Credit: ABS

More than 60 per cent of all Internet connections are now at or above 1.5Mbps according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In its latest Internet Activity Survey (IAS), which surveys Internet service providers (ISPs) with more than 1000 subscribers, the ABS found at the end of 2009 there were 9.1 million Australians accessing the net with just under 90 per cent using a non-dial up connection.

Although sliding six per cent from the last IAS results in June 2009, DSL proved to be the most popular technology for connection with 51 per cent of subscribers choosing this method.

The fastest growing connection type was for mobile Internet with datacards, dongles and USB modems accounting for 2.8 million connections, a 40 per cent rise on the last period.

Notably for the industry, the number of ISPs with more than 1000 subscribers continued to fall. There are now 22 less ISPs in this bracket compared to December 2008.

The number of subscribers receiving a connection of 24Mbps or greater rose by 68,000 over the six months to 31 December, to hit 511,000.

Meanwhile the total volume of data downloaded also increased markedly over the same six months reaching 135,674 terabytes. In the previous six-month period Australians downloaded 99,249 terabytes.

The full results can be viewed on the ABS website.

In February, the ABS reported marked increases in access to PCs and the Internet in Australian households.

In its Household Use of Information Technology report the ABS found that access to the Internet at home between 1998 to 2008-09 had more than quadrupled from 16 to 72 per cent of Australians.

Over the same period access to a PC in the home increased from 44 per cent to 78 per cent.

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