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Internet Retail SIOs Reach 39.9m

A report by the ACCC on Internet activity in Australia for the period ended December 31 2018, shows the total number of retail services in operation (SIOs) reached 39.9 million as at the end of last year; 24.3 million of these involved mobile handsets, 8.4 million were wireless broadband and 7.2 million were fixed-line/wired broadband.

The bulk of fixed-line/wired connections are fibre connections at 49 per cent, with DSL connections accounting for 34 per cent.

Fixed-line/wired technologies accounted for 91 per cent of the total volume of data downloaded. Mobile handsets and wireless broadband contributed significantly less to the total with proportions of 6 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.

Speeds of less than 24 megabits per second (Mbps) accounted for 61 per cent of all fixed-line/wired and wireless broadband SIOs (excluding mobile handsets), followed by the 24 Mbps to less than 50 Mbps (25 per cent), 50 Mbps to less than 100 Mbps (8 per cent) and 100 Mbps or greater (5 per cent).

“The volume of data downloaded is expected to grow exponentially as the result of the increased usage of content streaming services such as Netflix, social media such as Facebook, and applications including online gaming,” said ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes.

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