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Communications report 2018–19

Our Communications report 2018–19 is an overview of communications and media in Australia. The findings show a more complex landscape, along with new demand for online services.

Key highlights

  • Australians are using fixed internet connections for data-hungry applications like video streaming. 83% of internet users viewed video content online in the past 6 months.
  • Investment in infrastructure continued, with more than 400 5G-capable base stations installed. 5.5 million homes and businesses connected to the NBN.
  • Over-the-top and digital platforms are challenging revenue models. 71% of Australians with a home TV had one or more subscription or paid streaming service.
  • New high-speed networks are enabling services like the Internet of Things and cloud technology.

Release date

27 February 2020

Update: The value of the Australian market for cloud gaming (reported on pages 2 and 54), was incorrectly reported as expecting to rise from $3.6 billion to $7.9 billion in 2021. The figures have now been corrected to read: the market is expected to grow from $3.6 million in 2019 to $7.9 million in 2021.

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