Good news everybody! We’re paying less for ISP access than we used to. Bad news, everybody! The rate of price decline is slowing down, pointing to a lack of overall competition.
ITNews reports on the ACCC’s investigations into price changes in the telecommunications sector. It notes that while prices dropped 2.7 per cent last year, that’s actually the smallest rate of change in the past decade.
We’re all gravitating towards higher speed connections when we go for a fixed line connection, with a surge in connections from 24Mbps to 100Mbps — no doubt the NBN plays a role there. Mobile internet access is still the dominant form of access with 49 per cent of the 12 million Australian Internet subscribers using mobile compared to 38 per cent on DSL. (Of course, the figures aren’t mutually exclusive; the vat majority of mobile broadband users would also have DSL, while the reverse isn’t true.)