Texts and phone calls down, data usage up

September 9, 2023

A new report reveals that mobile phone users are sending less texts and making less calls, but using more data.

New figures from the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg show on average people make 145 minutes of calls every month, down over 26% on the same time last year.

The amount of text messages being sent also dropped, with the average user sending 31 texts per month, down almost 15% on the second quarter of 2022.

On the other hand, the amount of data being used jumped almost 9% to an average of 13.6GB per month.

When it comes to broadband, the report shows that fixed broadband subscriber lines increased to 1.62 million between April and June.

This was an increase of 0.3% on the previous quarter and a jump of 1.7% compared to the same period last year.

ComReg said fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) is now the most commonly purchased broadband technology in Ireland, representing almost 36% of fixed broadband subscriber lines.

The data shows that on a monthly basis an average residential fixed broadband subscriber line used 384.7 GB of data, an increase of almost 12% since the same three month period last year.

Article Source: Texts and phone calls down, data usage up – Gill Stedman – RTE

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