8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, December 2015 Quality Declaration 
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TYPE OF ACCESS CONNECTION


There were approximately 12.9 million internet subscribers in Australia at the end of December 2015. This is an increase of 2% from the end of December 2014. As at 31 December 2015, almost all (99.3%) internet connections were broadband.


Fibre continues to be the fastest growing type of internet connection in both percentage terms and subscriber numbers. The number of fibre connections doubled between December 2014 and December 2015 to 645,000 subscribers.


Internet subscribers by type of access connection(a), for ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers

Dec 2014
Jun 2015
Dec 2015
'000
'000
'000

Dial-up connections
159
95
93
Broadband connections
DSL
5 099
5 106
5 030
Cable
966
996
1 004
Fibre to the premises
324
420
645
Satellite
75
69
np
Fixed wireless
67
np
84
Mobile wireless
5 996
6 004
6 025
Other
5
np
np
All broadband connections
12 532
12 667
12 853
Total number of subscribers
12 691
12 762
12 946

(a) Dial-up and broadband figures reported by type of access connection may not equal figures collected by advertised download speeds. This is due to some broadband connections being reported as less than 256kbps and some dial-up connections being reported as higher than 256kbps.
np not available for publication but included in the totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated.