Australia - Broadband - Business Market Statistics
Although the business market in Australia was quick to embrace broadband, a significant proportion of smaller operators have yet to establish an online presence, and by early 2014 only 38% had a business website.
The government's Broadband Availability and Quality' report, published in December 2013, showed that 1.4 million premises (13% of the total) across many areas of the country had no adequate broadband infrastructure. These areas include regional and remote areas, but also pockets within urban communities. Given the state of broadband availability and speeds, many businesses still depend on mobile solutions rather than fixed-line broadband. A growing number of businesses in those areas where access to the NBN has been made available have switched to fibre broadband services, which enable these companies to compete in the global economy more effectively. The faster speeds of fibre infrastructure will see the rapid adoption of by businesses of services such cloud computing, online interaction, and media conferencing.
Business broadband has also allowed greater choices in working environment, with the ability for employees to tele-work, either from home or on the road while making use of improved mobile broadband. As such, smartphones and tablets increasingly form a part of the business ICT environment.
This report provides a detailed overview of the key drivers and trends behind broadband adoption in the Australian business market. It includes a number of recent market surveys incorporating a wide range of topics including e-business, broadband usage, small and medium enterprise readiness, and usage of the internet.
Mobile broadband, internet uptake in business increasing, fast fibre connections by business are increasing, smartphones, tablets, M2M, SMEs, VPN, internet access, National Broadband Network (NBN); includes ABS data to June 2013, ACMA reports for 2013, surveys to end-2013, market developments to March 2014.