Australian fibre broadband connections double in 12 months

Peter Terlato 5 October 2016

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The majority of fibre subscribers enjoy internet speeds of 24Mbps or greater.

Fibre broadband connections added hundreds of thousands of new subscribers in 2015/16, making it the fastest growing type of internet connection in both percentage terms and subscriber numbers.

Findings released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed fibre connections in Australia more than doubled (56.25%) over the course of 2015/16, from 420,000 in June 2015 to 960,000 in June 2016.

Overall, internet connections in Australia rose to 13.3 million subscribers by the end of 2015/16, up 4.2% year-on-year.

Cable and mobile wireless broadband connections enjoyed modest increases in subscriber numbers over the course of 2015/16.

Digital subscriber line (DSL) and satellite connections recorded slight decreases between June 2015 and June 2016, as can be seen in the infographic below.

Surprisingly, there are still 90,000 dial-up connections in use across Australia.

In terms of advertised download speeds, most subscribers (56%) realised internet speeds of 24Mbps or greater. More than a quarter (27%) enjoyed speeds of 8Mbps to less than 24Mbps, while a little over one tenth (14.5%) were limited to speeds of 1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps.

Australians downloaded 2.1 million terabytes of data in the second quarter of 2016, up 22.3% since the final quarter of 2015. Fixed line broadband accounted for 97.7% of all internet downloads during this period.

Fixed line downloads have increased 51.8% between June 2015 and June 2016.

Mobile handset internet subscribers rose 4.6% year-on-year in June 2016, totalling 22 million users. Data download volumes for mobile users also rose in 2015/16, averaging around 1.8GB of data per subscriber, per month.

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