Australians Are Downloading More Data Than Ever

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has outed the latest report on the internet and how it's used by Australians. Turns out we're now downloading more data than ever at higher speeds than ever before.

The latest update to the Internet Activity Statement reveals a whole swathe of info, including how many ISPs there are in Australia (77) and how many subscribers there are to those ISPs.

What's most interesting to read is just how much data we're downloading, both on mobile and on fixed connections.

According to the ABS:

The overall volume of data downloaded in the three months ended 30 June 2013 increased by 18%, compared with the three months ended 31 December 2012, to 657,262 Terabytes.

That means that you lot download 219,087 terabytes per month across both fixed and wireless broadband connections. Breaking it down, that means a whopping 9077 terabytes of data are downloaded over wireless connections each month, while 209,988 terabytes are downloaded over fixed connections a month according to the latest figures.

What's also really interesting is that we now have access to more speed than ever before when it comes to our internet connections:

The advertised download speed range that recorded the highest number of subscribers at 30 June 2013 was the 8Mbps to less than 24Mbps range, with 6.0 million subscribers, an 11% increase from the end of December 2012. Just under 4.0 million subscribers accessed the internet at an advertised download speed of 1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps, a decrease of 6% from the end of December 2012.
Subscriber numbers with advertised internet access speed of 24Mbps or greater grew by 9% since the end of December 2012, and accounted for almost 1.8 million subscribers at 30 June 2013.

Check out the full info pack for more. [ABS]

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