It’s no surprise there’s been a jump in phone and internet usage during the pandemic.



Mobile phone and broadband providers have been given additional capacity in order to cope with demand during the coronavirus outbreak.

Phone and internet usage has increased sharply as more people work from home, and use apps like Zoom to hold meetings.

People also have to use things like WhatsApp and Skype to stay in touch with family and friends who they can’t see in person, and obviously streaming services like NOW TV, Netflix and Disney Plus are in high demand as well.

Senior Government official Elizabeth Canavan says regulations have been passed to support telecommunications companies:

“Mobile networks have coped well with the extra usage but they currently have less headroom to accommodate further increase or potential spikes in demand.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, working with the Commission for Communications Regulation have today signed regulations which will provide mobile network operators flexibility to create extra capacity for mobile phone and broadband services.”

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