New broadband numbers from Comreg show a return to the office is underway

The number of Irish households with high-speed broadband has surpassed 50 per cent for the first time, according to new figures from communications regulator Comreg.

Watchdog’s latest quarterly report shows that 52 per cent of Irish households now have connections of 100MB or more, which the EU describes as ‘high speed’.

However, the rollout of the national broadband plan is lagging behind schedule as less than 10 percent of the 559,000 buildings to be covered were ‘passed’.

The increase in high-speed connections is partly due to the increase in ‘true’ fiber broadband connections being built by Eir, Siro and NBI, which now span 1.3 million buildings. This has resulted in a 45 percent annual increase (to 401,000 subscriptions) in those who have switched to fiber technology, mainly at the expense of legacy DSL and VDSL broadband phone line subscriptions, which have declined by over 10 percent.

Comreg figures also suggest a gradual return to the office is underway, with an 8.5 per cent drop in data used by home broadband users. With overall data usage still soaring in Ireland, figures suggest pandemic-era homeworkers are beginning to return to company offices.

Meanwhile, total voice traffic minutes fell 4.1 percent this quarter and are down 5.7 percent from the same three months in Q2 2021. This was explained by a 31 percent plunge in fixed-line voice traffic from the same period last year .

While mobile minutes account for the majority of voice traffic, they are down 3.2 percent at 87.9 percent this quarter, more than fixed-line voice traffic.

However, texting increased slightly, with the average person sending 40 “texts” each month, an increase of 6.1 percent. This does not include online SMS services such as Whatsapp or iMessage which are now far outpacing traditional SMS messaging in Ireland.

Irrespective of this, Vodafone remains Ireland’s largest basic mobile subscription company with a market share of 35.4 per cent. If you add mobile broadband connections and machine-to-machine (M2M) subscriptions, Three is the largest mobile operator with a market share of 40.7 percent. New broadband numbers from Comreg show a return to the office is underway

Fry Electronics Team

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