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Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Australian Internet Downloads Increase By A Third In Volume Over Six Months

Victor P Taffa

The total volume of data downloaded via the internet during the December 2012 quarter saw a 33 % increase in comparison to the June 2012 quarter, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Figures from the December 2012 quarter Internet Activity survey show the total volume of data downloaded in Australia topped half a million terabytes (TB) for the first time in a quarter, with more than 550,000 TB being downloaded.

ABS Director of the Innovation and Technology Statistics Branch, Diane Braskic, said today’s statistics showed continued growth of internet downloads in Australia.

“The growth in data downloads is consistent with factors such as increased subscriber numbers, the continuing move away from Dial-up, and the emergence of technologies that enable faster internet.”

“Throughout 2012 the number of internet subscribers increased 5.0 % to a total of almost 12.2 Million.” Ms. Braskic said.

The survey also revealed an increase in mobile handset internet usage.

“Data downloaded by mobile handset subscribers increased by 38 % to 13,700 TB, however this still represents a relatively small proportion of total data downloads.” explained Ms. Braskic.

Data downloaded by fixed-line broadband accounted for 95 % of total data download volume.

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