The number of wireless broadband customers in Australia has dropped in the past year to almost one in 10, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The ABS data shows that in the year ending December 2016, just over 5 per cent of households had at least one broadband connection.
But this figure has fallen in the last year, to just over 2 per cent, and the decline in broadband is likely to continue, the ABS data showed.
The number of Australians with at least a mobile broadband connection has dropped by a third since the year ended December 2016 to just under 8 per cent.
At the same time, there has been a drop in the number of people with at most a fixed broadband connection, down from 15 per cent in 2016.
“We’ve had a number of factors affecting the market in the short term,” said Mark Rizzo, head of communications at Windstream Communications.
Windstream’s chief executive, David Williams, said that the decline was due to a number “of factors”.
“The transition of the wireless broadband market to a mobile-based broadband market is still going to be quite significant,” Mr Williams said.
He said the number and growth of fixed broadband was “significantly lower” in Australia than in other countries.
ABS data shows the number with a mobile connection has also been dropping.
While mobile broadband continues to grow, it has also become a less attractive option, he said.
“There are some markets where fixed broadband is not going to work and mobile is the only way to get a lot of high-speed internet,” Mr Rizzon said.
“But in those markets, you need a good, fast, high-capacity mobile connection.”
There are also factors that are influencing the NBN rollout, he added.
Australia’s wireless broadband industry is set to continue its “dynamic growth” and it is “critical” to ensure there are enough new services and services for those who choose it, Mr Williams added.
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