[LINK] Wireless Internet Popular in Australia
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Sep 21 09:22:37 EST 2010
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported a 21.7% increase in Mobile
wireless Internet use from December 2009 to June 2010 (Internet
Activity, Australia, June 2010):
I am being interviewed on ABC Local Radio 666 about this at 9:30am.
Note that the ABS has had some difficulties with what is the definition
of fixed and mobile wireless and so the figures need to be treated with
caution. It may be that this over reports use, where people get wireless
Internet free with something they buy, or unreported it, where they have
a data service bundled with their mobile phones. However, popularity of
wireless raises questions as to the need for and viability of the fixed
fibre optic National Broadband Network. Other statistics:
* At the end of June 2010, there were 9.6 million active internet
subscribers in Australia.
* The phasing out of dial-up internet connections continued with
nearly 92% of internet connections now being non dial-up. Australians
also continued to access increasingly faster download speeds, with 71%
of access connections offering a download speed of 1.5Mbps or greater.
* Digital subscriber line (DSL) continued to be the major
technology for connections, accounting for 44% of the total internet
connections. However, this percentage share has decreased since December
2009 when DSL represented 47% of the total connections.
* Mobile wireless (excluding mobile handset connections) was the
fastest growing technology in internet access, increasing to 3.5 million
in June 2010. This represents a 21.7% increase from December 2009. ...
Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, The
Australian National University http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/
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