The explosion in data usage by Aussies is detailed in a new report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released on Friday..
According to the ACMA, Australians' demand for online content and services continues to climb "unabated, reshaping the communications industry in new ways".
"We are downloading, consuming and creating more data and content than ever before. We are also communicating in ways that we couldn’t have predicted a decade — or even five years — ago," said ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin.
And, fixed-line broadband also contributed to more than 90% of the download growth.
"Where demand leads, investment follows. Mobile operators, for example, announced plans for billion-dollar improvements to Australia’s 4G network in 2016–17, paving the way for more data-intensive activities over mobile," O’Loughlin added.
Key insights from the report:
- An overwhelming majority of Australian adults (89%) access the Internet – climbing to 100% among those aged 18–34.
- The mobile phone is the most popular and frequently used device for Internet access.
- Consumers are diversifying their use of connected devices, with smart TVs becoming an increasingly popular way to go online.
- Seventy percent of Australians are using five or more separate communications services for personal purposes.
- The shift to mobile phone-only for communication continues, with 6.67 million Australian adults having a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.
- Fifty-nine percent of Australians watched content online as of June 2017.
- Premises activated over the NBN were up 122% to 2.443 million in the 12 months to June 2017. (As of 23 November, 3.248 million premises had been activated, a further increase of almost 33% since June.)
- Mobile services in operation (voice and data) stood at 33.64 million in June 2017, up by 3% on June 2016.
- Mobile phone operators reported 4G network coverage in the range of 96–99% of the population.
"Since 2005, the ACMA communications report has provided an annual snapshot of the rapidly changing communications sector," O’Loughlin said.
"It provides important insights into a sector that increasingly underpins Australia’s economic growth and prosperity."