Telecoms company Eir has reported a dip in revenue but a small increase in its first quarter earnings - in line with its expectations.

Eir said its revenues for the three months to the end of September declined by 2% to 298m, while adjusted EBITDA increased by 1% to 142m, with its operating costs remaining stable year on year.

Eir said its postpay mobile base increasing by 40% to 791,000 subscribers, mainly driven by growth at its GoMo mobile phone service. It said it now has a total of 1.184 million mobile customers, up 16% or 163,000 on the same time last year.

It also reported further solid broadband growth and said it now has 967,000 broadband customers, up 2% or 22,000 on last year. 

Customers using Eir's high-speed fibre broadband services totalled 784,000 at the end of September, an increase of 9% or 67,000 customers year on year. 

It said that 81% of its broadband base is now connected to its fibre network, which represents a 39% penetration of total premises passed with its fibre broadband.

Carolan Lennon, Eir's CEO, said that it seems likely that we will be living with pandemic restrictions for many months yet. 

"The return to normal life that we are all longing for will be gradual and so our customers will continue to rely on our network to stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues," Ms Lennon said. 

"Our priority has always been to allow them to live their lives as fully as possible during the pandemic, by keeping our network fully operational, while ensuring their safety and the safety of our employees and suppliers," she added.

Ms Lennon said that Eir's on-going €1 billion capital investment programme has played an essential role in ensuring the network remains fully operational and it continues to roll out our upgrade programmes where it is safe to do so. 

"The whole network has proven exceptionally resilient and has plenty of capacity whatever happens," the CEO stated.

She also said the company continues to support any customers in financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic, and are working to ensure that they remain connected to the network. 

"We have stood by all our customers, providing free access to essential healthcare and educational websites and enabling customers to upgrade to unlimited packages where necessary," she added.