Australians scrapping landlines

More than a third of Australian adults have ditched their landline, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s latest communications report.

The ACMA report revealed that 6.67 million Australian adults, or 36 per cent of the population, have a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.

That’s well up on the 22 per cent who had scrapped their landline five years ago.

If that trend continues, it means most Australians will be without landlines within the next five years.

With eight in 10 Australians now owning a smartphone, the mobile phone has now become the most popular and frequently used device for Internet access.

Phone operators have extended 4G network coverage to 96 to 99 per cent of the Australian population.

The report also found that 89 per cent of Australian adults now have access to the Internet, climbing to 100 per cent among those aged 18–34.

This also coincided with a massive increase in data usage. According to ACMA, over 3.1 million terabytes was downloaded in the June 2017 quarter, up 43 per cent on the same period last year.



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