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Australian data downloads rise 50% year-on-year



Australians are downloading excessive amounts of data.

The volume of Internet data downloaded by Australians has increased by a staggering amount between December 2015 and December 2016, according to the latest government records.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its biannual Internet Activity Report December 2017, revealing the total volume of data downloaded in the three months to December 2016 was 2.6 million Terabytes, a 23.3% increase in downloads compared to the previous quarter. This also represents a 50.8% rise in total downloads between December 2015 and December 2016.

The report also revealed:

  • There were 13.5 million Aussie Internet subscribers at December 2016, up 4.7% year-on-year.
  • Fibre continues to be the fastest growing type of Internet connection, up 122% year-on-year.
  • Data downloaded via fixed-line broadband accounts for 98% (2.5 million TB) of all Internet downloads.
  • As of December 2016, there were 63 ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers each in Australia.
  • The majority (56.1%) of these subscribers were connected at an advertised speed of 24-100Mbps.
  • Only a very small proportion (2.1%) of users enjoyed speeds of 100Mbps or greater.

As the NBN rolls out, our editor-in-chief explains why the network will never cover 100% of homes.

Since the introduction of Internet streaming services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now and Stan, Internet congestion has become more of a reality. Compare internet plans from over 50 Australian telco providers to get the best value for money.

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