Australians have jumped aboard the wireless broadband bandwagon with domestic use rising by 162 per cent in 2008-2009, new Australian Communications and Media Authority figures show.
According to the Communications Report 2008-09, registered subscribers to wireless broadband services increased from 809,000 in June 2008 to 2.1 million in June 2009. This represented 25 per cent of all Net users, compared to 11 per cent the year before.
3G mobile services in operation leapt by 43.6 per cent, or from 8.55m in 2008 to 12.28m in 2009. The total number of Internet subscribers grew from 7.23m to 8.4m.
At the same time as broadband Internet numbers were rising, the number of dial-up users dropped from 1.57m in 2008 to 1.09m. Overall, non-dial-up user numbers grew from 5.66m to 6.72m in the same period.
But it wasn’t all good news. The number of complaints made to the regulatory body increased to 115,437 grievances in 2008-09, compared to 63,760 the previous year. We’re are also spending much more time on the World Wide Web, with the average Australian spending 57 hours on the Net per month in 2008-09 compared to 12 months earlier. Even more impressive is the amount downloaded, which increased by 80.4 per cent to 99,993TB of data in the same period.
The increase in downloads and need for better equipment was also being blamed for the rise in communication interceptions by police and national security organisations. According to ACMA, the total cost leapt 70 per cent in just one year from $9.5m in June 2008 to $16.2m in June 2009.
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