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    Broadband downloads see tenfold increase in five years

    • By Tony Hanly
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    Australians have a large appetite for broadband at increasingly higher speeds. Mobile wireless is the most prevalent internet technology in Australia accounting for over half of all connections.

    The pace of growth of broadband usage has seen a tenfold increase in downloads in the last five years, reflecting the advantages of higher speeds to web users.

    Australians downloaded nearly one million terabytes – or one exabyte – of data via broadband in the three months to June this year, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 8153.0).

    “Overall, there was a 16 per cent increase on broadband downloads in the three months to December last year,” said Lesley Martin from the ABS, “but if you look solely at mobile handsets, then downloads jumped by 40 per cent.”

    “Our total download volume for the three months was 996,160 terabytes via broadband, and 38,734 terabytes via mobile handset.”

    “Exactly five years ago, for the three months ended June 2009, we were just about to hit 100,000 terrabytes of downloads, so today’s result makes a tenfold increase in just five years.”

    “The increase reflects the dominance of broadband, Australia’s continuing appetite for the internet and particularly the swing towards higher download speeds,” said Ms Martin.

    The survey also found that two-thirds of broadband subscribers had download speeds of eight Mbps or greater, and that mobile wireless is the most prevalent internet technology in Australia, accounting for half of all connections.

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