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By Emma Kae - 30th October 2001 - Back to News

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Internet usage in Australia has hit an all-time high with the number of active subscribers to Internet Service Providers (ISP) has increased by 388,000 to a huge 3.8 million by the end of September.

The number of households subscribing to ISPs has also increased - by 336,000 to 3.4 million, while 52,000 businesses and government bodies received new subscription accounts, bringing that total to 432,000.

Australian ISPs are now hosting over 100,000 business and government websites at the end of last year. Unfortunately, it appears that a tiny 3.7 percentage of these websites have provided secure transaction environments.

Records indicate that, in total, there were 718 ISPs in Australia at the end of September. The eight biggest of which served 60 percent of subscribers while the smallest only served 0.1 percent of subscribers.

Most Australian Internet users reside in the larger States while only 1.4 percent of subscribers currently live in remote regions of Australia. New South Wales currently boasts the highest percentage of ISP subscribers at 27 percent.

New reports indicate that the number of Australians choosing to shop online has increased by a promising 66 percent in 2000.

Figures released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), show that over 1.3 million adults have made online purchases in the previous 12 months, compared to 803,000 online shoppers the year before.

From August to November 2000, a growing 13 percent of Australians paid bills or transferred funds online. This growth has left the ABS is predicting that more than 50 percent of Australian homes will have access to the Internet come the end of this year.


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