This publication presents information from the December 2013 Internet Activity Survey (IAS). The IAS is conducted biannually in respect of the end of June and December in each year and collects details on aspects of internet access services provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia. This release contains data from ISPs with more than 1,000 subscribers operating in Australia as at 31 December 2013.
The ABS counts subscribers that have an internet connection with an ISP on the last day of the reference period. ABS subscribers statistics measure the number of 'subscriber lines' rather than the number of 'users' and therefore counts of subscribers are not the same as counts of people / organisations with internet access. This is because some subscribers may have accounts with more than one ISP or multiple accounts with a single ISP. Conversely, there are single ISP subscriber accounts that provide internet access for multiple people / organisations (for example, universities).
Data presented in this publication includes: internet subscriber numbers by type of access connection and advertised download speed; number of ISPs; subscriber sector; volume of data downloaded; and number of mobile handset subscribers.
Mobile handset subscriber numbers and associated data download volumes are reported in a separate chapter. All other data reported in this release excludes mobile handsets.