eir CEO Richard Moat hailed a good start to the financial year as the Irish operator posted a two percent rise in EBITDA in the three months to 30 September.

Underlying revenue fell two percent to €322 million, which the company pinned on its decision to exit low margin lines within its business division and regulatory effects.

Sales of fixed line services fell four percent despite growth in wholesale boosting the total number of broadband customers by 36,000 to 903,000.

The number of retail broadband subscribers was broadly flat at 443,000.

eir said it had passed 100,000 rural premises with FTTH as it looks to convince the government to give it the tender to roll out the technology nationwide.

CEO Richard Moat said the company had submitted 3,000 pages of information and maps to Ireland’s National Broadband Plan during the quarter.

He added: “We have now completed the rollout of fibre to the home technology to more than one third of our targeted 300,000 rural homes and businesses and we are very happy with the take-up rates so far.

“When combined with our mobile network, which delivers 4G coverage to 96 percent of the population, our network infrastructure provides seamless connectivity for our customers and supports our convergence strategy.”

[Read more: Vodafone JV withdraws from Ireland’s National Broadband Plan]

Revenues from mobile services ticked up one percent once adjusted for a fall in mobile termination rates.

Despite the fall in sales, EBITDA rose two percent to €125 million as the operator cut operating costs by four percent to €121 million.

Moat said: "This is a good start to the financial year and we remain on track to meet our full year outlook".

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