Mobile Broadband Rivals Wired Broadband For Popularity

We’re pretty fond of mobile broadband here at Lifehacker HQ, and it turns out that we’re far from alone. The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suggest that as of June, 44 per cent of all Internet connections were via mobile broadband, while 41 per cent were via ADSL.

I’m sure that figure will get cited by some people as evidence for us having an entirely wireless future/not needing the NBN, but of course it can’t be taken in isolation. There’s no specific numbers from the ABS, but obviously lots of us have both connections: wired for at home, and wireless for on the road. Note also that if you add cable to ADSL, there are still more wired connections overall.

Other quick figures of note: only 5 per cent of the market is now using dialup, and 87 per cent of us can get theoretical download speeds of 1.5Mbps or more.


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