The number of text messages sent by mobile users in Ireland fell by 17% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period of last year.

According to communications regulator ComReg's latest Quarterly Report on the electronic communications market, a total of 1.41 billion SMS messages were sent between April and June, as mobile users continue to shift towards internet-based messaging services.

The report also found that the proportion of mobile users here that are utilising next generation 4G networks has risen from 17% to 34% in the past year.

Our thirst for data also continues to grow, with 46 petabytes of date used in the second quarter of the year, up 11% on the previous quarter and 60% on the second three months of last year.

However, the squeeze on mobile operators also carried on, with the report finding that Average Revenue Per User among mobile providers fell from €24.75 a month in the second quarter of last year to €24.51 during the same period this year.

Traffic over fixed voice lines has fallen 6.2%, but has been partially offset by a 2% increase in mobile voice use over the past year.

Fixed broadband subscriptions rose marginally during the period, with total fixed and mobile broadband penetration now standing at 83%.

Broadband speeds also increased slightly, with the proportion of fixed broadband subscriptions of 10Mbps or more now standing at 75%, up 5% in a year.