Tuesday, 03 April 2018 19:44

Australian Internet use on a tear: ABS


The latest Internet stats from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have arrived, and on the major metrics on usage and download, the numbers are all up.

The ABS has released its stats on "Internet Activity" for Australia, comparing figures both from December 2016 and June 2017 to December 2017.

Here the ABS reports that there were "14.2 million Internet subscribers in Australia at the end of December 2017", which is "an increase of 3.4% from the end of June 2017".

We're told that "fibre connections grew by 38.7% in the six months between June 2017 and December 2017. The number of fibre connections has more than doubled between December 2016 and December 2017, reaching nearly three million subscribers".

You can see the details in the chart below, and at the ABS page linked here – please turn phone sideways if viewing on mobile for all images below.


So, what about the volume of data downloaded during the time?

The ABS states "the total volume of data downloaded in the three months ended 31 December 2017 was 3.6 million terabytes (or 3.6 exabytes)".

"This is a 19.7% increase in data downloads when compared with the three months ended 30 June 2017 and a 38.6% increase in the year between December 2016 and December 2017.

"Data downloaded via fixed line broadband (3.5 million terabytes) accounted for 97.0% of all Internet downloads in the three months ended 31 December 2017."


"The growth in the number of subscribers has remained stable while the growth in the volume of data downloaded has been increasing."

And what about mobile handset subscribers?

As at 31 December 2017, the ABS states "there were approximately 26.7 million mobile handset subscribers in Australia. This is an increase of 1.4% since June 2017.

"The volume of data downloaded via mobile handsets for the three months ended 31 December 2017 was 203,157 terabytes.

"This was a 16.0% increase in data downloads via mobile handsets when compared with the three months ended 30 June 2017 and a 39.1% increase in downloads in the year ended 31 December 2017."

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