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Australia’s fixed broadband performance continues to improve

The latest report from the Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research (BCARR) shows that more Australians than ever are signing up to fixed broadband services.

Updated data and analysis shows Australia’s fixed broadband performs strongly on key indicators.

In late 2020 the Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research (BCARR) released a series of factsheets comparing Australia to a comparable subset of similar countries to contribute more meaningful debate around Australia’s fixed broadband performance.

In late 2021, the BCARR updated the data from these factsheets to produce an interactive dashboard

The analysis finds Australia performs strongly on near-universal access to services of at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) and has high broadband take up. Australia is one of only five comparable countries where at least 99.9 per cent of households can access fixed broadband services.

Some of the findings that can be drawn from the dashboard include:

  • Almost 75 per cent of Australian premises can access 100 Mbps and above services.
  • The proportion of households with a fixed broadband connection increased to 90.2 per cent (up from 88 per cent) ranking Australia 8th out of 17 comparable countries.
  • Australia performs strongly against international peers for data consumption, with average yearly growth of more than 34 per cent between 2017 and 2019.
  • Between 2019 and 2021, Australia’s total data consumption has nearly doubled to 111.7 gigabytes per month per capita.
  • Around 75 per cent of NBN subscriptions are for speeds 50 Mbps and above.

To view the dashboard or the supporting statistical snapshot, follow the links below:

Find out more about Australia’s fixed broadband services and see previous releases here.