Telecoms company Eir said it saw mobile traffic on its network soar by over 80% last year as the Covid-19 pandemic forced people to work, study and socialise remotely.  

Eir said its 4G mobile network is now available to more than 99% of the population of Ireland and nearly 98% of the island by geography after the company's €150m network transformation programme. 

Carolan Lennon, the chief executive of Eir, said that mobile connectivity has become of fundamental importance for many of us due to the pandemic. 

"Working, education and staying connected with our loved ones is now facilitated by online remote working tools, video conferencing providers, and education and wellness apps, all of which require super-fast data speeds," Ms Lennon said. 

In 2019, Eir launched the country's largest 5G mobile network which is now available in every county across Ireland and extends to over 55% population coverage.