More than 60 per cent of Australian consumers estimate their download speeds on broadband at less than 24Mbps according to the latest set of numbers. The data was collected and presented by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), after assuming responsibility for data collection from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2018. The ACCC has said it intends to change the type of statistics collected in the report meaning this is this latest report is a one off.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
As the previous report authored by the ABS did, this most recent report by the ACCC shows a generalised view of broadband usage across both mobile and fixed line networks. The ACCC says that art at the end of last year, 61 per cent of broadband users including fixed line and wireless broadband in operation with the exception mobile devices had estimated download speeds of under 24Mbps. 5 per cent of broadband services in operation had download speeds of 100 Mbps or faster.
Maximum theoretical download speeds
What this means in real terms, according to the ACCC, 9.6 million consumer broadband speeds were estimated at below 24Mbps. This speed is significant because it is the maximum theoretical download speed, ADSL2+ connections are capable of. Fixed line networks were supposed to deliver this speed and they have been trying to reduce the number of services that operate at half that speed by making them too expensive despite the market appetite for less expensive broadband connections.
Mobile connections have lower data limits
According to the ACCC, the total number of broadband connections in Australia used by retail customers stood at 39.9 million at the end of 2018. Of that number, 24.3 million were mobile handset connections. Consumers continued to save their heaviest downloads for fixed line connections because of the huge divergence in data limits compared to mobile services.