Eircom has said that its revenue for its financial first half - the second half of last year in calendar terms - fell by 4% to €629m compared to the same time in 2013.

Eircom's earnings before interest tax and depreciation were €226m for the half, down 4% and in line with expectations. 

The company said that revenues in its fixed line segment decreased by 5% to 474m in the six month period, but the fall was partially offset by operating cost savings. Fixed line earnings fell by 6% to 209m.

The total group broadband customer base stood at 748,000 at the end of December, up 30,000 on previous six month period. 

By the end of last year, Eircom said that it had 202,000 customers using its fibre based high speed broadband services, over 19% penetration of premises passed.

In its mobile division, Eircom said that earnings grew to by €4m to €17m for the six months to December, while its mobile revenue grew by 1%.

It said it added 34,000 customers to its mobile base, noting that a strong Christmas trading performance resulted in the first quarterly growth in its pre-pay based in over two years.

Eircom chief executive Richard Moat said the company continues to stabilise its financial performance.

"The positive momentum in our KPIs (key performance indicators) continues, driven by our bundling strategy as well as a strong Christmas trading performance in our mobile business," he stated.

Mr Moat said the company's fixed line business is stabilising and the mobile business continues to perform well, with three quarters of revenue growth in a row.

The Eircom CEO said the company continues to evolve its quad-plan TV offering and said that 20% of tis consumer base is on TV/mobile bundles. 

Mr Moat also said the company had been "overwhelmed" by the response to its apprentice and graduate programmes announced earlier this month, adding that it has received over 3,000 applications. 

He said this marked the first large scale sustained recruitment drive announced by Eircom in almost 30 years with 60 apprentices and 15 graduates to join the company every year over the next five years.