Broadband continues steady growth

Australia’s broadband take-up continues to climb steadily, with latest figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) putting total users up to 321,900.

According to the latest Snapshot of Broadband report, a total of 60,100 new subscribers took up a broadband service between 30 June and 30 September 2002, representing an increase of 23 per cent. In comparison, take-up over the previous March to June 2002 quarter rose by around 28 per cent, from 203,100 to 261,800.

Although cable still boasts the largest number of users, DSL services again experienced the biggest growth rates, rising by 101 per cent to 151,300 total users. Total cable users increased during the quarter by just 12 per cent, to 158,200.

In contrast, while business users represented the highest levels of broadband growth between July 2001 and July 2002 (271 per cent versus 66 per cent for residential), the latest quarter figures put business and residential take-up head to head, increasing by 17 and 18 per cent, respectively. Overall, the ACCC found residential broadband connections had reached a total of 204,900, and business connections 71,500.

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