[LINK] Aust cf. US Internet traffic per user
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Jan 20 13:11:58 EST 2004
Andrew Odlyzko's drawn my attention to something important that I
need to include in my paper on the Internet in Australia:
> ... As I note in my paper
>"Internet traffic growth: Sources and implications"
>Australian Internet traffic per user is a small fraction
>of that in the U.S., surely the result of Telstra tariffs.
Odlyzko A.M. (2003) 'Internet traffic growth: Sources and
implications' in Optical Transmission Systems and Equipment for WDM
Networking II, B. B. Dingel, W. Weiershausen, A. K. Dutta, and K.-I.
Sato, eds., Proc. SPIE, vol. 5247, 2003, pp. 1-15, at
The key quote: "[In 2002] Australia has ... an order of magnitude
less traffic per person than in North America"
The full segment:
"The Australian semi-annual statistics reports show that the volume
of data received by business and residential customers in September
of 2000, 2001, and 2002 was approximately 350 TB, 430 TB, and 785 TB,
respectively. Combined with earlier data 5 for traffic of Telstra,
the dominant Australian carrier, this suggests that Australia
experienced several years of regular doubling every year, then a
remarkable slowdown in the growth rate, to about 22% in 2001, and
then a resumption of almost-doubling, with growth of 83% in 2002.
"There are several additional noteworthy aspects to the Australian
data. 1 One is that, as a glance at Table 1 shows, the intensity of
Internet traffic in Australia is far lower than in the U.S..
Australia has 14 times fewer people than the U.S., yet even when we
adjust for this, we find about an order of magnitude less traffic per
person than in North America. (In particular, this says that there is
still far more voice traffic than Internet traffic in Australia. The
same phenomenon is likely to hold in most other countries, if we
consider the Internet bandwidth estimates that are available. 44 )
Australian Bureau of Statistics, "Internet Activity: September 2002,"
Report 8153.0, dated March 7, 2003
Odlyzko A.M. (2000) 'The history of communications and its
implications for the Internet, 16 June 2000, at
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