With the majority of people now confined to their homes, more and more people are spending more time online, whether it be for work or play. 

Online traffic has increased 30% since Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's speech in Washington, when he announced the first Covid-19 restrictions over two and a half weeks ago. 

Since then internet traffic has continued to rise. 

This all places more pressure on the country's broadband services and consumers are concerned that their broadband is about to get slower and their mobile signal about to weaken.

But Vodafone has said its network is performing very well, with no capacity issues. The company said it has seen a 50% increase in voice traffic and a 25% increase in mobile data traffic.  

Three said its carries 66% of all mobile data in Ireland and it can meet demand. 

Eir has also insisted that everything is fine, and it is still operating far below available capacity. 

Siro, which operates a fibre-to-the-home network covering 300,000 premises in the country, said it had sufficient capacity while Virgin Media also insisted that all is well across its network.

Nevertheless, there is a demand on these networks and that is likely to rise. 

In response, ComReg, which regulates the telecoms industry here, said it was increasing its radio spectrum, ie increasing capacity which should hopefully benefit people's mobile data.  

Streaming videos and downloads are the primary cause of this increase in internet traffic with apps like Zoom, Houseparty and streaming sites like Netflix and the new Disney + now common features of everyday life.