Telecoms and entertainment group Eir has reported an increase in earnings for the full financial year to the end of June, while its revenue rose by 1%.

Eir said its earnings before interest, tax and depreciation costs for the year were 4% higher at €520m.

That was on underlying revenue of €1.32 billion - up 1% - before foreign exchange impacts are accounted for.

The group managed to reduce operating costs by 5% to €520m but that saving was slightly reduced when exceptional storm costs were accounted for.

Eir also reported "solid" broadband growth during the year and said it now has 896,000 broadband connections, up 42,000 or 5% year on year.

Meanwhile, its Eir Vision customers rose by 17,000 to 71,000 while it also has more than 220,000 Eir sport customers across all of its platforms.

During the year, the company's Meteor mobile brand rebranded to Eir and the company said it had a total of 1,061,000 mobile customers by the end of June, up 1,000 on the same time last year.

Its mobile base now includes 48.5% postpay customers, the company added.

"We will continue to evolve our products and services to address our customers' changing needs, and we continue to focus on improving our digital platforms to enhance the experience of our customers, all under a single brand," commented the company's chief executive Richard Moat.

Mr Moat said that Eir continues to focus on its convergence strategy and has spent over 1.6 billion on its fixed and mobile infrastructure in the last five years. 

"We have passed 1.7 million premises with fibre, and are on track to pass 300,000 rural premises with fibre to  the home by December 2017," he added.