Australians Love Wireless Broadband, But Don’t Use It For Big Downloads

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirm what we knew: we’re keen on mobile broadband devices, but when it comes to major downloads, we’re all about fixed broadband.

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In the three months to December 2014, there were 6 million mobile broadband subscriptions in Australia, compared to 5 million DSL subscriptions and roughly another 1.2 million cable and fibre connections. So call it a draw.

But in terms of data, there’s no contest. Australians collectively downloaded 1.1 million terabytes in those three months. 97 per cent of that data came through fixed-line broadband. The lesson? Wireless is handy, but it shows no signs of killing off wired connections.


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