Telecoms company Eir has reported falling revenue but rising earnings over the three months to the end of September.

Revenue in the quarter was down 2%, or €7m, to €322m on a  yearly basis.

The company said that was mainly due to a decision to exit some low margin business lines. 

It said it quarterly earnings were up 2% to €125m.

In a statement, Eir said its first quarter results were in line with expectations and continue to show the progress of the group. 

Eir's chief executive Richard Moat said the company has now completed the rollout of fibre to the home technology to more than one third of its targeted 300,000 rural homes and businesses. 

"During September we submitted 3,000 pages of information and maps as part of our detailed solution for the National Broadband Plan tender process," Mr Moat said.

"This reflects our unrivalled knowledge, expertise and skills in this area," he stated.

"This is a good start to the financial year and we remain on track to meet our full year outlook," the CEO added.

The first quarter also saw the company consolidate its mobile services under the one "Eir" brand. 
 

The company said its mobile revenue rose by 1% to €91m and it had a total of 1,057,000 mobile customers at the end of September.

Meanwhile, Eir's total group broadband customer base rose by 4% to 903,000 by the end of September compared to the same time last year. 

It noted that wholesale broadband connections grew by 36,000 in the three month period, bringing its total wholesale broadband lines to 460,000. 

Eir said its retail broadband numbers stood at 443,000 - broadly flat with the same time last year.

And its Eir Vision television service saw subscriptions grow by 16,000 to 74,000 in the three month period.