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Australian Internet subscribers are increasingly abandoning ADSL technology for mobile wireless link-ups, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

Australian Internet subscribers are increasingly abandoning ADSL technology for mobile wireless link-ups, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

The ABS Internet Activity Survey shows that at the end of June there were 4.2 million DSL connections, accounting for 57 percent of non dial-up connections. This was a drop on figures recorded in December last year, when 63 percent of non dial-up connections were made via DSL.

Over the same period mobile wireless connections jumped from 20 percent ­ or 1.3 million ­ to 27 percent, or 2 million connections. This represents an increase of 51 percent in wireless numbers in the six months, the ABS points out.

Stats also notes that the survey counts mobile wireless subscribers who connect via a datacard or USB modem, but not connections via mobile phones.

In all, Australia now has 8.4 million Internet connections, up from 7.9 million in December and 7.2 million back in June last year. Of these 1.08 million are dial-up links (down from 1.28 million in December); and 7.3 million are non dial-up, including fixed and mobile wireless, satellite and
cable links as well as DSL.

Data downloads have almost doubled from 55,434 terabytes in June last year to 99,993TB in June this year.

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