New figures from the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg, show that fixed broadband subscriptions increased to 1.58 million in the final quarter of 2021, a rise of 4% compared to the previous year.

Of these, over 372,000 were fibre-to the-premises (FTTP) subscriptions, a 50% year-on-year increase.

Broadband network provider SIRO said the figures showed that hybrid working was fuelling subscriptions and driving a surge in demand for fibre broadband.

"Today, as the cost of living and fuel costs rise, it's likely that even more workers will choose to work from home and avoid expensive commutes to work, making reliable, high-quality fibre broadband essential," said SIRO CEO John Keaney.

Today's ComReg figures also show that total mobile subscriptions, including mobile broadband and machine-to-machine, increased to 7.89 million in the final quarter of 2021.

5G subscribers totalled 392,000 in the quarter.

On a monthly basis, the average mobile voice subscriber used 213 minutes and sent 43 texts.