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ACCC: 61% On Less Than 24 Mbps Download Speeds In Oz

The ACCC is reporting that 61 per cent of Australians continues to prefer to use mobile handsets to access the internet, however, the largest volume of data is downloaded over fixed lines with a majority of broadband users experiencing download speeds of less than 24 Mbps.

According to a data report conducted by the ACCC, the total number of retail services in operation (SIOs) reached 39.9 million by December 2018.

Of that number, 24.3 million accessed via mobile handsets, 8.4 million by wireless broadband, and 7.2 million by fixed-line/wired broadband.

Fixed-line/wired connections account for 91 per cent of the total volume of downloaded data — 49 per cent fibre and 34 per cent DSL connections.

Revealed in the report, the majority of consumers (61 per cent) on broadband — fixed-line and wireless excluding mobile handsets — experience download speeds of less than 24 Mbps with only 5 per cent experiencing 100 Mbps or greater.

With the increasing number of online gaming and content streaming services such as Netflix, Stan, and the upcoming Disney+ and Apple streaming services, the volume of data downloaded is expected to grow considerably.

The demand for stable connections — both wired and wireless — is expected to increase with 5G and fully operational NBN services still on the horizon for many Australians.

Read the full report here.

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