Business downloads disproportionate share of Net data

There were 3.8 million Internet subscribers registered in Australia at the end of the September quarter 2000 and they downloaded more than one billion megabytes of data during the previous three months, according to figures released recently by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Of these 3.8 million subscribers, the 400,000 who were registered as business or government subscribers accounted for 43 per cent of the total data downloaded.

During the quarter, each subscriber downloaded an average of 273M-bytes of data with household subscribers averaging 174M-bytes each and business and government organisations downloading an average of 1058M-bytes over the three months.

At the end of September 2000 there were 718 Internet service providers (ISPs) supplying Internet access services across Australia with a small number of large ISPs proving the majority of services. The eight largest ISPs (each having more than 1000,000 subscribers) provided Internet access to 2.3 million subscribers, or 60 per cent of all Internet subscribers.

Of the ISPs operating in Australia, 595 (83 per cent) had operations in only one State or Territory, with 473 (66 per cent) having operations at only one point of presence. Across Australia, ISPs provided 2244 points of presence and 521,645 access lines, which indicates that, on average, there were 7.4 subscribers per Internet access line.

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