Wireless Broadband Use Increases By 90 Percent

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), wireless technology increased by nearly 90% in six months, with over 809,000 subscribers at the end of June 2008, compared with 433,000 subscribers at the end of December 2007.

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Overall, at the end of June quarter 2008, there were 7.23 million subscribers to the internet in Australia. This comprised of 1.02 million business and government subscribers and 6.21 million household subscribers.

The ABS also found that the number of non dial-up subscribers recorded at the end of June 2008 was 5.66 million, or 78% of all internet connections, compared with dial-up subscribers of 1.57 million.

And broadband was still the favourite method of connection with Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) continued to be the dominant access technology used for non dial-up subscribers, with 3.94 million, or almost 70% of all non dial-up subscribers.

DSL connections continue to grow, with more than a 6% increase since December 2007, says the ABS.

At the same time, cable, satellite and other non dial-up technology connections have remained fairly stable.

However, connections with download speeds of 1.5Mbps or greater increased to 3.10 million or 43% of all subscribers, compared to 2.47 million or 36% of subscribers at the end of December 2007.

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