The 2008 -2009 ACMA communications report was released last Tuesday Jan 12th and with it came some interesting statistics. While it appears that the Internet revolution is rapidly gaining momentum, I must admit that I’m rather bewildered on the processes used by the ACMA for gathering and measuring such statistical data.
Nonetheless the 2008/09 year appears to have witnessed some significant Internet growth, advances in related technologies, and changes to competition regulations which continues to drive developments within the communication and media Industries.
Below is a summary of the more prominent Internet based statistics that you may also find of interest.
Fixed Line Telephone
Services declined from 11 million – 10.67 million (330,000) due to 3G and VoIP technologies
3G Services Take-up
Wireless 3G services surge to 12.28 million (44% increase from 2008)
2.5 million VoIP subscribers (compare to 1.8 million in 2008)
Broadband Internet Subscriber Take-up
80% of households connected to the Internet at period ending June 2009 – Translates to 8.4 million subscribers (up from 7.2 million June 2008)
Wireless Broadband now the Fastest Mover
25% of Internet share (up from only 11% same time last year) – As a result DSL’s share dropped to 50%
30% of Internet subscribers used a Broadband Internet connection speeds of 1.5Mbs – 8Mbps – Was 20% at corresponding time in 2008
21% used between 8Mbs to 24Mbs Broadband speeds – Was 19% at corresponding time in 2008
Are you largely Satisfied with all of your Telecommunication Services?
Although some of you out there may beg to differ, however according to research conducted by ACMA, they say that 80% of Australian household consumers are largely satisfied with their Telecommunication services?? Ironically, the number of complaints delivered to the Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman rose by a staggering 79% from the same time last year, and that figure equates to a massive 481,418 official complaints.
Time Spent Online
Australians are spending an average of 57 hours online which is up 10 hours from last years 47 hours. Another way of looking at the time spent online can be measured by the amount of web pages viewed. An incredible 46.6 billion pages were viewed opposed to 38.9 billion at the same time last year. What’s really staggering about this is that there is almost an 80% increase of data downloaded over the last year. Data downloaded has risen substantially from 55,434 terabits to a whopping 99,993 terabits!
Finally, it’s probably no real surprise to many that in the year ending June 2009 it was estimated that 3.3 million Australian Internet users visited the content creation Facebook and MySpace social networking sites.
Believe it or Not.