Figures released by the Commission of Communication Regulation (ComReg) show an increase in mobile phone usage and broadband penetration.

We're certainly staying in touch. In the first three months of this year, 2.3 billion texts were sent in this country. That's 25 million every day.

According to ComReg, that's an increase of 12 per cent on the same quarter in 2007. Each personal mobile phone account sent 156 messages. 

Figures published by the telecom regulator indicate that there are nearly 5.5 million mobile phones registered in the country, over a million more than the population, giving Ireland a mobile phone penetration rate of 120 per cent well above many of our European neighbours. In Italy, however, the rate has topped 150 per cent. 

Mobile phones now account for 52 per cent of all voice calls in Ireland with just 2 per cent of calls carried over the internet. 

According to ComReg's figures, there are now a million broadband customers in Ireland. Mobile broadband subscriptions increased by over a half during the quarter to just over 186,000. Nearly a quarter of the population has a broadband account. 

At any given minute, just over 38,000 people are speaking on their mobile phones.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 June 2008. The reporter is Jonathan Clinch.