The gross revenue of telecom service providers was Rs 54,283.78 crore in the same period a year ago. Mobile phone service providers alone reported gross revenue of Rs 58,442.79 crore. The rest came from companies services such as Internet and long-distance calls. The highest gross revenue was reported by Bharti Airtel at Rs 17,226 crore, followed by Vodafone India at Rs 11,909.05 crore, Idea Cellular Rs 8,232.5 crore, BSNL Rs 7,564.32 crore, Reliance Communications Rs 4,197.6 crore, Tata Teleservices Rs 3,348.21 crore, Aircel Rs 3,041.83 crore, MTNL Rs 1,052 crore and Uninor Rs 1,049.57 crore.
Videocon Telecom’s gross revenue stood at Rs 378.43 crore, Sistema Shyam at Rs 318.66 crore and Loop Mobile Rs 121.99 crore. The adjusted gross revenue during the January-March quarter, based on which the government gets licence fee and spectrum charges, increased by about 16 percent to Rs 41,011.36 crore, from Rs 35,279.5 crore in the year-ago period as recorded by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. AGR is calculated after deducting income from non-telecom activities such as rentals and certain charges paid to other telecom operators.
Telecom service providers jointly paid license fees of Rs 3,026 crore and spectrum charges of about Rs 1,443 crore during the period. Airtel paid Rs 1,444.55 crore toward both licence fees and spectrum charges. Vodafone contributed about Rs 1,049.73 crore and Idea Cellular Rs 733.78 crore. BSNL paid Rs 542.72 crore, RCom Rs 297.54 crore, Tata Teleservices Rs 253.32 crore and Aircel Rs 227.76 crore