Mobile broadband fastest growing sector: ABS

Survey shows 21.7 per cent increase of mobile wireless broadband since December 2009

Mobile wireless broadband is the fastest growing internet access technology according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

A survey based on more than 300 internet service providers noted an increase in mobile broadband usage to 3.5 million users in June, 21 per cent higher than in December 2009, out of a total of 9.6 million active internet subscribers.

Digital subscriber line (DSL) is the major technology for connections, according to the statistics, accounting for 44 per cent of total connections. The percentage share has decreased since December last year when DSL represented 47 per cent of the total connections

The results also found that 92 per cent of Australians have switched to broadband and 71 per cent have faster download speeds of 1.5 Mega bits per second (Mbps) or more.

Some 8 per cent of users are still accessing the internet via dial-up connections.

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