A return to growth in mobile could not prevent eircom from recording declining sales in the three months to September.

Group revenues declined three percent year-on-year to €313 million, despite sales in its mobile arm growing two percent.

It made a net addition of 14,000 mobile customers during quarter, taking the total to 1,065,000, including 91,000 on 4G LTE contracts.

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However, fixed line revenues fell four percent to €238 million after it lost a net 7,000 customers.

eirocm continued to increase the number of broadband and TV customers during the quarter.

It has 172,000 fibre customers and 28,000 eVision TV subscribers as it benefits from being the only operator in the country to offer quad play.

eircom also began to roll out FTTH technology this month and said it passed one million homes with fibre.

EBITDA fell six percent to €114 million due to what eircom said was planned investment in subscriber growth.

Operating costs were down six percent and CEO Richard Moat (pictured), who was appointed to the role full time earlier this month, claimed that there are opportunities to reduce costs further.

However, he warned that challenges remain as the company tries to execute its commercial strategy and said eircom will proceed with a proposed corporate reorganisation of its operating company structure.

Moat added: “We have maintained our momentum in the first quarter, through focused commercial execution and continued investment in our fixed and mobile network.

“The rate of revenue decline has slowed significantly, an encouraging sign of stabilisation, helped by two consecutive quarters of mobile revenue growth.

“Our bottom line performance remains in line with expectations, following a decision to make commercial investments this quarter that will deliver long term growth.”

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