Broadband Connections Grow Speed Up
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Australians are turning to fast broadband connections in droves according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia had 6.43 million active Internet subscribers at March 31: 761,000 business and government subscribers and 5.67 million households, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says.

The number of non dial-up subscribers was 4.34 million (up 16 percent from September 2006), substantially more than the 2.09 million dial-ups (which appropriately fell by the same amount). Household subscribers drove the migration.

Non dial-up subscribers have grown to two-thirds of all Internet subscribers in Australia at the end of March, compared with 60 percent in September. DSL remains the dominant access technology for non dial-up subscribers, accounting for 3.36 million or almost 78 percent of their numbers.

In parallel, connections with download speeds of 1.5Mbps or greater increased by 43 percent in March to 1.56 million, compared with 1.09 million in September.