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Australians love Mobile Wireless Broadband – but not for downloads

• Almost half of all Australian internet connections are mobile wireless broadband
• Fixed internet connections decline but remain as preferred zone for downloads

The latest broadband study from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that the total number of mobile wireless broadband subscribers (excluding mobile handsets) in Australia rose from 4.9 million to 5.6 million between June and December 2011, beating the number of fixed lines including DSL, cable and fibre subscriptions at 5.5 million.

Additionally, in that same time frame, mobile wireless broadband had taken up 90 percent of the new internet connections, making up 47 percent of the total Internet customer base in Australia.

Despite the mobile broadband subscriptions taking up almost half of all internet connections in the country, Australian internet subscribers still prefer downloads through fixed connections.

As shown in the study, fixed downloads took a leap by 26.4 percent from 254,947 terabytes (TB) in the six months to June 2011 to 322,280TB in the six months to December 2011. Fixed downloads has risen from 91 percent of the overall to 93 percent, while mobile downloads, formerly 9 percent, now represent only 7 percent of the overall.

Meanwhile, subscribers accessing the internet at speed range of 1.5Mbps to 8Mbps increased to 5.1 million, followed by the 8Mbps to 24Mbps speed range at almost 4.0 million subscribers.

Get more info here: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/8153.0/

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