Irish former monopoly eircom today announced its third quarter financial results for the period ending 31 March 2008, posting revenues of EUR515 million (USD811.5 million), up 5% on the corresponding period of 2007. The group’s mobile arm Meteor posted a 23% year-on-year rise in revenues to EUR120 million on the back of strong subscriber growth and rising monthly ARPUs. The cellco added a net 13,000 new users in the three months to 31 March 2008 to end the period with 975,000 users, up 17% on the same time last year. Meteor’s EBITDA also climbed by 88% in the year to EUR30 million, eircom said, helping drive group earnings before restructuring costs up 11% to EUR175 million. The incumbent’s fixed line business was stable; sales of voice call services were up one percentage point on Q1 2007, to EUR413 million, while the fixed line division’s EBITDA edged up 3% to EUR145 million. eircom’s broadband operations also continued to perform strongly, adding 37,000 new customers in the three months under review, to end March with 571,000 users (up 37% y-o-y). Broadband growth was seen both in the former monopoly’s retail and wholesale businesses, it said.