Next Big Generation, a research and consulting company, has released its annual survey of rural broadband penetration in South Australian and Northern Territory communities.
The survey shows that, despite being relatively sparsely populated in rural communities, rural broadband service availability is growing.
The results from the survey will be presented at the Commonwealth Connected Communities Forum in Adelaide on Tuesday 23 October.
“In rural areas, there is a growing appetite for Internet service,” says Next Big Gen. “There are over 50,000 households in rural South Australia and we see a significant increase in uptake of broadband services over the past year.”
The rise in uptake was driven by increasing demand for high-speed broadband services such as mobile broadband, wireless broadband and fixed broadband services.
This has led to a significant growth in fixed broadband uptake in rural Australia.”‘”
These are households that are using a fixed broadband service to access their broadband service,” Mr Lee says.
“This has led to a significant growth in fixed broadband uptake in rural Australia.”‘
More than half of rural households are not using broadband’In total, 43 per cent of rural South Australian households are now connected to fixed broadband, up from 28 per cent in October 2015.
“This is a significant milestone in rural broadband uptake,” Mr Kim says.
“It also highlights the significant growth potential of the NBN as a whole, which has seen more than half rural households in South Ayrshire and Northern Australia already use fixed services.”
Our research also shows that rural South Australians are increasingly becoming more internet-connected than the population as a total,” Mr Jee says.
Next Big Gen is currently conducting a follow-up survey of broadband availability in rural towns and small rural communities. “
A total of 1.3 million households now have fixed broadband access in these rural areas,” Mr Parkes says.
Next Big Gen is currently conducting a follow-up survey of broadband availability in rural towns and small rural communities.
It will also conduct a study of rural mobile broadband in the next year.
For more information, visit nextbiggen.com.au/internet.
Topics:internet-technology,internet-aggregation,broadband,telecommunications,telephone-communication,internet,government-and-politics,government—office,australiaFirst posted October 27, 2018 12:21:42Contact Sue Lee