Fixed Broadband subscriptions in Ireland rose to 1.29m for the period between April and June of this year – representing a 1.2% rise for the quarter and 4.9% annual growth.

The estimated household (fixed and mobile) broadband penetration rate at the end of Q2 remains at 80%, higher than the EU average of 78%.

The data is included in the Commission for Communications Regulation’s (ComReg) report on the sector, covering the second quarter of 2015.

The average broadband speeds are on the rise, with over half (51.3%) of fixed broadband subscriptions in Q2 reaching at least 30Mbps. This represents an increase of over 10% on the same period last year.

Over 65% of all fixed broadband subscriptions were equal to or greater than 10 Mbps, up from 59% on Q2 in 2014.

Overall industry retail revenues for the electronic communications market rose by 2.2.% for Q2, to stand at €738.3m.

The number of fixed voice service subscriptions has declined 0.4%% since last quarter to stand at 1.5m.

Voice traffic is marginally lower (0.4%), but is still 1.1% higher than last year’s figures.

Landline voice traffic has declined by 7.6%, while mobile traffic has increased by 4.8%.

Irish mobile phone users send a total of 1.69bn text messages between April and June, down by 9.7% on Q2 2014, while the number of multimedia messages (MMS) sent was down by 3.6% for the same period.

17% of all mobile subscribers actively use 4G mobile networks and data usage continues to rise, increasing by 84.1% in the year to the end of June.

Average revenue per user (ARPU) on mobile was €24.75 per month in Q2, down from €24.98 per month for the second three months of last year.

This is likely to be a reflection of a number of factors such as lower priced mobile plans, increased sales of bundled products and reductions in mobile roaming and termination rates.