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Updated: September 14, 2009 19:02 IST

Wireless internet users surge in Australia

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Wireless access to the Internet is popular in many international cities. A model demonstrates the service in Kolkata in this file picture. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
The Hindu Wireless access to the Internet is popular in many international cities. A model demonstrates the service in Kolkata in this file picture. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data revealed on Monday a surge in popularity of wireless internet use across the country.

Since December last year, there has been a 51 per cent increase in subscribers to wireless, the service that allows customers to access the net at places away from their home such as coffee shops and airport lounges.

A highly competitive market has seen such mobile wireless subscriptions spike from 1.3 million in December 2008 to 2 million in June this year. They now account for 27 percent of all non dial-up subscriptions, up from 20 per cent six months ago.

The ABS figures on mobile wireless do not take into account connections via mobile phones. Overall there were 8.4 million active internet subscribers in Australia at the end of June, with dial-up connections falling rapidly.

The trend towards higher download speeds continued, with 57 percent of subscribers now using a download speed of 1.5 Mbps or greater, compared with 51 percent in December 2008.

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