The Commission for Communication Regulation's report for the first quarter of 2006 show that the broadband market continues to grow strongly. The ComReg report says that more than one third of internet users were using some sort of broadband by the end of March.

ComReg says that there were over 322,000 broadband subscribers by the end of the first quarter, accounting for 35% of all internet subscriptions. Broadband subscribers accounted for 19% of total internet subscriptions a year ago.

Eircom's share of broadband customers has fallen from 63% to 54%.

Today's report also reveals Irish mobile users talked for over 1.5 billion minutes in the first quarter of 2006, while they also sent over 1.25 billion text messages during the three month period. A total of 7.8 million multi-media messages were also sent during January to March.

Since the introduction of mobile number portability in June 2003, a total of 543,000 mobile subscribers have retained their original mobile phone number when switching their mobile operator.

Ireland remains the most expensive member state for line rental, coming in €9 more expensive than the European average.

The ComReg report also says that operators in the electronic communications market generated €1.1 billion in the first three months of the year.