Eir has reported higher revenues and earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter to the end of June - in line with company expectations.
Eir said its fourth quarter revenues rose by 10% to €331m, boosted by growth in broadband, data services, postpay and bundling customers, as well as the addition of revenues from Evros and National Broadband Plan access.
It said this was partly offset by a reduction in traditional access, traffic, sport content, Eir UK, and prepay revenues.
Eir bought Evros - which provides a range of IT products including cloud, security and digital transformation services - in January for €80m.
The company said its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation increased by 13% to €181m on the back of continued business streamlining, which it said drove further non-pay operating cost savings in the quarter.
But it said its operating costs for the quarter rose by 3% to €93m, noting that non-pay costs reduced by 11%, while pay costs increased by 22% due to the acquisition of Evros.
Eir said its broadband base totalled 970,000 customers by the end of June, up by 1% or 8,000 year on year.
Meanwhile, customers using fibre broadband services totalled 819,000 at quarter end, representing an increase of 7% or 52,000 customers year on year.
It noted that 84% of its broadband customers are now connected to Eir's fibre network, which represents a 42% penetration of total premises passed with fibre broadband.
Eir's mobile base stood at 1.192 million customers at the end of June, an increase of 3% or 36,000 on the same time last year.
Its postpay base increased by 10% or 74,000 subscribers year on year. Eir said that postpay subscribers represent 71% of the total mobile base, an increase of 4 points year on year.
Carolan Lennon, Eir's chief executive, said the company's strategy to build and expand the very best fixed and mobile networks for its customers continues to progress, despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"High speed broadband has become absolutely essential, enabling all of us to live, work and connect, wherever we choose to do so," Ms Lennon said.
"We are extremely proud that our team is building the fibre to the home broadband network of the future, for all of Ireland. Throughout the pandemic, Eir's engineering teams worked consistently to bring Gigabit fibre to more and more homes and businesses, without missing a single day in the field," she said.
Ms Lennon said that Ireland is on track to becoming one of the most fibre connected countries in the world
"It is Eir's ambition that we leave no one behind - the expansion of Eir's Gigabit Fibre network rollout to include the upgrade of a further 200,000 homes and businesses will future-proof Ireland’s connectivity," the Eir CEO said.
"Once complete 1.9 million or 84% of premises in the country will have access to our Gigabit Fibre network, the remaining rural premises will be served as part of the Government’s National Broadband Plan, meaning that Ireland is on track to bringing Gigabit Fibre to every home and business in the country, making this one of the most fibre-connected countries in the world," she added.
The Eir CEO also noted continued improvements in the company's customer care. She said a recent ComReg report highlighted a 52% reduction in fixed complaints quarter on quarter and a 79% reduction in fixed complaints since the peak driven by the pandemic last year and the second-lowest score on record.
"2021 has continued to emphasise the critical importance of our fixed and mobile infrastructure for our customers and the economy," Carolan Lennon said.
"Through our €1 billion capital investment programme, the most significant investment by any telecommunications provider in Ireland, Eir has withstood the storm of the pandemic ensuring our customers had the connectivity they need every single day, made possible by our team of more than 1,000 dedicated engineers," she added.