25 Percent to 50 Percent of Australians use Mobile Internet

The number of Australian consumers taking advantage of mobile broadband internet is steadily increasing with more than 25% of Australian consumers having now accessed the internet from their mobile phone.

Almost half of all 20 to 29 year olds in a recent Senesis survey admitted they had accessed the mobile Internet, with 47 percent of 14 to 17 year olds and 34 percent of 18 to 19 year olds also using their mobile phone to interact with online content.
People in their 30s and 40s are also taking advantage of mobile internet services with one third of Australian in their 30s, and a quarter of respondents in their 40s, saying they have used their mobile phones to access the internet.

The finding reflet the changing internet usage of younger Australians who now prefer to be online away from home. With the availability of mobile broadband, Australian consumers can now also access the internet on the go via their laptops. 3, Exetel, Bigpond, Optus, Vodafone, Dodo and iPrimus all offer a range of competitive Mobile Broadband plans.
Mobile broadband utilises existing mobile phone infrastructure to send broadband data. The speeds received with a mobile broadband plan will depend on location and network demand but can reach up to 1500kbps in metropolitan areas. Increased competition in the Australian mobile broadband market means the coverage and speed of mobile broadband services is constantly improving.