Three quarters of people have increased their usage of broadband since the introduction of the Covid-19 restrictions, a new survey by the communications regulator has found.

The research by Comreg also found that before the pandemic just under a third of people worked from home to some degree, but this has since nearly doubled to 61%.

The survey, conducted last month by Behaviour and Attitudes among 1,004 adults, found broadband is being used at home for internet browsing, video streaming, online shopping and communication via video calling.

15% of people said they used it for buying goods and services, up from 8% in April.

Three quarters of respondents said they believed their broadband service met the needs of their household, but this was less the case among those living in rural areas.