Mobile downloads double

“Downloads on mobile devices in Australia have doubled in the past 12 months as more people embrace smartphones and 4G networks.

Australians with mobiles or tablets collectively downloaded 20,000 terabytes of data in the three months to June, up from 10,000 in the same period last year, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.”

“”Download volumes for mobile handsets have really seen explosive growth,” said the bureau’s assistant director, Lesley Martin.

The increase has partially been driven by growth in the number of people using smartphones and tablets. There were 19.6 million mobile subscribers by June, an increase of 3 million since June 2012.”

“Foad Fadaghi, a senior analyst at research firm Telsyte, said the increase had been fuelled by the introduction of 4G mobile networks, which offer faster speeds and encourage more downloads than 3G networks.

“People have started using mobile apps for many of the things they used to do on computers,” he said.

For example, the use of social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram had “exploded” in the past year, he said.”

Downloads on mobile devices double in 12 months | Technology | theguardian.com . 2013. Downloads on mobile devices double in 12 months | Technology | theguardian.com . [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/08/downloads-growth-mobile-phones-tablets.

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