Mobile downloads growing faster than fixed

Sophie Moore
(Australian Associated Press)

 

Most Australians still prefer to use fixed-line broadband to download pirated copies of their favourite TV shows but a growing number are embracing wireless and mobile services.

More than 3.8 million terabytes of data were downloaded through the nation’s internet service providers in the three months to the end of June, according to the latest data.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics compared the download volumes reported by ISPs with more than 1000 subscribers and found 98 per cent of users downloaded their content through fixed-line networks.

About 246,765 terabytes were downloaded via mobile handsets, a 40.9 per cent jump compared to the same time last year, the ABS says.

It’s a small figure considering Australia has about 3 million more handsets than people and that’s because it doesn’t include downloads by users on monthly data allowances, which is predicted to push numbers much higher.

Meanwhile, fixed-line downloads only grew by 28.1 per cent while wireless leapt by 49 per cent.

Overall, the growth in downloads has slowed over the 12 months to the end of June while the number of new internet users remained steady.

About 14.7 million people were signed up to an ISP in the same period, with the number of fixed wireless and fibre connections – those used by the NBN – increased 69.8 per cent to 3.6 million.

It still represents less than half of mobile wireless broadband subscribers.

This edition is the final report by the ABS on internet use as it transfers the responsibility of collecting data to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, who will produce its first analysis from December.

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