Australia, the wireless broadband country

  • Australians enthusiastic wireless broadband users
  • Mobile wireless internet connections overtake fixed line
  • Australia ahead of other OECD countries for wireless subscriptions

Australia has wholeheartedly embraced the wireless revolution and is a nation of dedicated smartphone, tablet and laptop users.

While not in the top leagues for internet speed or overall connections for broadband, Australia leads the way in enthusiasm for all things wireless.

Perhaps this is down to a certain dynamism and desire to always be connected inherent to Aussies, or perhaps it is because, for many, fixed-line services are too expensive or not available at all.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), mobile wireless internet (excluding mobile handset) connections (44%) now exceed DSL (over the telephone line) connections (41%) in Australia. Mobile wireless (excluding mobile handset connections) was the fastest growing internet access technology in actual numbers, increasing from 4.2 million in December 2010 to 4.8 million in June 2011.

Of course, that's not to say that fixed-line connections are dead. Most people have both a fixed-line connection for home, and a wireless option on their smartphone or tablet for out and about. But the statistics do show how Australians have embraced new technology.

As you can see from the map below using data from the OECD, Australia outstrips the UK, the US and many European countries when it comes to wireless broadband subscriptions.

The popularity of smartphones and other wireless devices show no sign of slowing. Perhaps major international tech manufacturers can take note and start paying a little more attention to the Australian market.
OECD Map Wireless Broadband in Australia