Mobile Data Use Up 40% In Second Quarter

14 Sep 2018 | 10.54 am

Mobile Data Use Up 40% In Second Quarter

ComReg report shows fixed-line calls continue to decline

14 Sep 2018 | 10.54 am

Time spent conducting mobile phone conversations increased year-on-year during the second quarter of 2018 by half a per cent, the average number of texts sent fell 10%, and data use rose by 40% to 5.8Gb, according to the latest survey by communications regulator ComReg.

The average mobile subscriber used 214 minutes, sent 75 texts and used 5.8Gb of data.

Fixed broadband subscriptions increased to 1.413 million, a 0.2% increase for the second quarter of 2018 and up 2.5% compared with Q2 last year. The estimated household fixed broadband penetration rate at the end of Q2 2018 was 67.9%, down from 68.4% in Q1 2018.

Average fixed broadband speeds continued to increase, the ComReg report says. In Q2 2018, approximately 86% of all fixed broadband subscriptions were equal to or greater than 10Mbps — up from 82.2% in Q2 2017. Of all fixed broadband connections, 74.6% were equal to or greater than 30Mbps, up from 68.7% in 2017.

Just less than 50% of mobile users now use 4G networks, at 49.4%, up from 45.1% a year earlier, and while total voice traffic minutes fell by 1.4% in the quarter and were down 2% on the previous year. Most of this decline was down to less landline use — fixed voice minutes decreased by 10.8% this quarter, but mobile minutes used rose by 1.3%.

The full quarterly report is available from ComReg here.

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