The App Age Is Upon Us: Aussie Homes Get Connected

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Connected devices in the home will triple by 2020 as Australians enter a new “app age of super-connectivity”, according to a new report commissioned by NBN and developed by Telsyte.The Internet Uninterrupted: Australian
Households of the Connected Future report forecasts that the average
household will be using 29 connected devices in 2020, up from the
current nine, and at peak times will have 12 simultaneous applications
connecting to the internet over multiple devices, up from the current
eight.

The report forecasts that households’ internet behaviour
in 2020 will look greatly different to today amid the continued
expansion of HD video (and the move to ultra-HD) and the growth of the
Internet of Things.

High-quality and immersive video is set to
become a standard part of internet usage, while internet connectivity is
increasingly become a standard feature of appliances, with many such
technologies which exist today “simply waiting to go mainstream”.

“As
Australian households embrace high-definition streaming video, online
games and working from home with the help of cloud-based applications,
the need for fast and reliable broadband will increase, especially
during peak times when multiple applications are accessing the internet
at once,” Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi commented.

“Telsyte
research predicts the average household will see a 50 per cent increase
in the number of peak simultaneous applications connecting to the
internet by 2020 as more personal devices, white goods, health
monitoring equipment and many more ordinary devices in the home get
connected.”

The report predicts the status of five typical Australian households of today in 2020:

The
Hectic Household: Australian parents who are career-focused and have
children living at home. They own many of the lounge room entertainment
devices that inevitably bringing the household together. They consume
and own technology that contributes to their home and work life alike,
with dedicated spaces and devices for their work and heavy usage of
cloud storage and related services.  In 2020, Hectic Households will
have an average of 19 applications running simultaneously at peak times,
up from 12 today.

The City Living Household: Highly social
Australian couples who do not have children, and have embraced
technology to support their active and untethered lifestyles. With
potentially two incomes and no children, they are in a good position to
invest in new devices and are very reliant on mobile technology, which
they access not only when they are out and about but also when they are
at home. In 2020, City Living Households will have an average of 15
applications running simultaneously at peak times, up from 11 today.

The
Shared Household: Australians who cohabit with friends, family and
other people who are heavy users of the internet, but on a budget. They
tend to own fewer devices than other Australians. However, what they
lack in number of devices, they make up for in terms of internet usage –
especially their consumption of catch-up TV and streaming video. In
2020, Shared Households will have an average of 12 applications running
simultaneously at peak times, up from eight today.    

Suburban
Dreamer Household: Parents with children living at home and who tend to
leave work at the workplace. The few short hours between the time
everyone gets and the time the children go to bed are the busiest for
internet usage, with everyone often online for learning and play at the
same time. In 2020, Suburban Dreamer Households will have an average of
13 applications running simultaneously, up from seven in 2015.

Empty
Nester Household: Older Australian couples or families without children
in the home. They have embraced technology to get things done –
although, not always with the latest devices. While they may be the last
to take up technology, this doesn’t mean they avoid it, and in fact
they embrace it. The range of technologies they use is narrower than
other households, however their use of the technology they do have is
high. In 2020, Empty Nester Households will have an average of nine
applications running simultaneously, up from six in 2015.

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