Leading indicators help us see into the future by alerting us to changes in trends. Leading indicators use data from trend analysis, but they do not assume that the future will follow past trends.

This release looks at how improved internet access through public wifi networks is enabling people to access information more conveniently. The release also highlights how innovation in applications, particularly streaming applications and fixed-line broadband access, is driving the demand for data.

Findings from the third release include:

  • Streaming applications such as video-on-demand (SVOD) will continue to drive the exponential growth in fixed-line download volumes.
  • Data downloaded over mobile wireless now represents less than eight per cent of data downloaded over fixed-line networks.

What are leading indicators?

Leading indicators help us see into the future by alerting us to changes in trends. There’s two kinds. The first kind looks at measures that signal change because they’re a pre-condition for the change to occur, like forecasting changes in building activity by looking at changes in building approvals.

The second kind looks at trend data by examining changes and differences in the rate of change.

We’ll use data from Australian Government agencies, the communications industry, international organisations, and private and commercial research.

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