It seems the lure of the ability to take the internet with us on the move has attracted significant amounts of the population. With broadband providers offering increasingly more affordable, reliable and faster mobile internet services, we have seen a continual increase in the uptake of the technology in Australia. And with 4G mobile broadband and LTE technology on the horizon, this trend seems likely to continue. Whether a portable internet connection will knock the National Broadband Network out of the water remains to be seen, but we can be confident that the speed of the take up ensures its continual success for the next few years at least.

Between June and December last year, the use of mobile internet increased by a massive 40% according to the latest Internet Activity Survey (IAS) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In fact, the total number of users now accessing the internet via a mobile device such as a USB dongle or a data card now exceeds 2.8 million. These startling figures are starting to threaten broadband providers that don’t offer mobile alternatives, as companies strive to hold on to their existing fixed line clientele, and attract additional custom.

For now though, DSL fixed line broadband internet does remain the predominant technology when it comes to accessing the World Wide Web, despite a drop in popularity. In June 2009, DSL accounted for 57% of all non-dialup connections. Although this figure dropped to 51% by the end of 2009, DSL still holds the majority card for the time being.

Those of us that remember the days of dialup connections will be happy to hear that this technology is well on the way out. Approximately 90% of broadband internet connections across Australia are now broadband. The number of dialup connections has dropped drastically from 1,286,000 to 927,000 between the end of 2008 and the end of 2009, clearly showing that this is a technology on the way out. To rub salt in the wound of the now archaic technology, broadband usage increased from 6,639,000 to 8,184,000 in the same time period.

Internet speeds are also on the up, with the majority of internet users in Australia now able to access an average 1.5 megabits per second on their connection. This increase in speed has led to an unsurprising increase in downloads as well, with songs, TV clips or movies downloadable within minutes.

The success of the internet has escalated since its first release to the general public, with all of its users keen to see that success continued. Whether mobile internet will be the choice of preference from broadband providers in the future remains to be seen. However its popularity here and now has led to dramatic technology advances in the field, improving the speed, stability and success of this fledgling technology.