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ACCC finds spurt in broadband use

The Snap Shot of Broadband Deployment report released today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has found a significant increase in take-up of broadband services.

According to the ACCC between July 2001 and March 2002, there was a:

85% growth in the number of residential broadband customers, ● 169% growth in the number of business broadband customers, and ● 105% total growth in the number of broadband customers. ●

The ACCC Snap Shot reports on the deployment of broadband services and provides estimated broadband customer figures for cable, satellite, ADSL, xDSL and other platforms in July 2001 and March 2002.

While broadband is still in its infancy the ACCC has encouragingly found that there are now some 250,000 broadband customers in Australia.

The ACCC also found that there are a number of different broadband platforms available to Australian customers and competition between these platforms will be a crucial driver in ensuring that Australians have access to affordable broadband services and can derive maximum economic and social benefit from these services.

The findings by the ACCC are welcome news but further work still needs to be done if broadband is to reach the level of ubiquity critical to our continued economic growth.

In recognition of the importance of these new technologies, the Federal Government has established the Broadband Advisory Group (BAG) to assist in ensuring that the Government's broadband policy framework optimises the economic and social benefits that Australia derives from broadband.

In addition, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, chaired by MHR Christopher Pyne, is conducting an inquiry into the current and potential use of wireless technologies (including wireless LAN, 3G, Bluetooth,

LMDS and Wireless Local Loop) to provide broadband communications in Australia.

Media contact: Sasha Grebe 02 6277 7480 or 0409 445 246 Website: www.richardalston.dcita.gov.au

147/02 20 June 2002

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