A new study has revealed how Australia’s wireless networks are being used to transmit data.
The study by the Institute of Telecommunications and Communications Technology (ITCT) found that Australia’s broadband networks were using an average of 10.7 terabits per second in 2017.
This is equivalent to one terabit per second (tbps) of data transmission.
The researchers analysed the data sent through the wireless networks and found the average transmission speed of the networks was around 1,300 to 2,400 tbps.
The findings will be of particular interest to those living in rural Australia who are often dependent on mobile phone and internet connectivity to access jobs and services.
But the findings have been welcomed by the Communications Alliance of Australia (CA).
The organisation said the study showed that there was “very strong” evidence to suggest that the wireless broadband networks could be used to deliver high quality wireless data, including for mobile applications.
“These networks can be very fast, but they are also very low latency,” Communications Alliance spokesman Andrew Smith said.
“We are not talking about a phone line or a copper network, we are talking about wireless networks that are really efficient, really reliable and have a high speed capability.”
If you look at the numbers in the United States, in a very high density city, they’re transmitting one gigabit per square metre.
“The Wireless Telecommunications Industry Association said it was not aware of any existing evidence suggesting that mobile networks were being used for data transmission in Australia.”
In general, we do not support the use of mobile networks for data transfer, particularly when it comes to mobile broadband services,” a spokesman said.
The Wireless Data Association said that it supported the use, but noted that there were also risks with the use.”
As the industry has matured, there has been a shift from a one-time, very high speed download to a sustained high speed upload,” the organisation said.
In its statement, the Wireless Telecommunications Association said there were still many areas of the wireless sector where there was a need to enhance the speed of transmission.”
A large number of our members, including Telstra, have mobile phone services which are much faster than their copper and fibre connections,” the statement said.