Revenues of telecom operators or the access service providers from the sale of mobile and fixed-line services declined by 19.52 percent to Rs 25,727.79 crore in July-September 2018 on the year-on-year basis, even as the performance improved slightly on a quarterly basis, according to data published by telecom regulator Trai on Tuesday. The cumulative revenue of access service providers like Reliance Jio, BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone Idea, etc — which provide last mile connectivity — from the sale of telecom services increased marginally from Rs 25,585.07 crore registered in April-June 2018.
“In access services, gross revenue (GR), adjusted gross revenue (AGR), licence fee and spectrum usage charges increased by 0.05 per cent, 0.56 per cent, 0.4 per cent and 1.55 per cent, respectively in quarter ended September 2018,” ‘The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators’ report of Trai said.
Reliance Jio registered the highest growth rate of 81.98 percent in its customer base that reached 21.52 crore at the end of September 2018 on Y-o-Y basis. It was followed by Airtel which registered a growth of 21.53 percent taking its customer base to 34.75 crores, Idea Cellular 12.07 percent with customer base reaching 22 crores, Vodafone 6.98 percent at the customer base of 22.21 crore and BSNL 5.13 percent with a customer base of 124.69 crores during the period under review.
From the overall telecom service perspective, the GR of telecom service providers dipped by 12.86 percent to Rs 57,827.24 from Rs 66,361.7 crore and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) by 13.26 percent to Rs 36,142.44 crore from Rs 41,668.84 crore on year-on-year basis. There was a marginal dip in both GR and AGR (revenue from the sale of telecom services) on a quarterly basis too. The government revenue collections in form of the license fee, spectrum usage charges etc that are computed on the basis of AGR were also adversely impacted.
“The license fee declined from Rs 2,929 crore for the quarter ended June 2018 to Rs 2,889 crore for the quarter ended September 2018,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India report said. While AGR for access service providers, which contributed 71.18 percent to total AGR of telecom services, improved on the quarterly basis, the average revenue per subscriber fell by around to Rs 72.5 from 73.34 in the previous quarter.