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Some 5.3 percent of all Internet traffic by Australian users is now coming from non-PC devices such as mobile phones, tablets, e-readers or games consoles, according to Paul Budde’s Budde.com. quoting a survey by US-based comScore.

Australia is placed fifth among 10 markets around the world, in terms of the highest percentage of non-computer generated Internet traffic.

When Australian mobile users access the Internet, 63.9 percent are using their smartphones, while 29.7pc are connecting on tablets, and 6.4pc are using other devices, Budde notes, adding that the research puts Australia among the highest penetrated markets for tablet usage – although it’s well behind the tablet leader, Canada, on almost 40 percent, followed by Singapore, 34 percent.

– In a separate survey, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported that laptops have overtaken desktop computers as the most common household computer. In 2011, it says 61pc of Australian households had at least one laptop and 55pc had at least one desktop computer. In contrast, in 2008, 38pc had a laptop while 60pc had a desktop computer. The ABS survey did not report on tablet use.

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