Telecommunications operators recorded a 12.27% increase in their total revenues to Rs 71,588 crore in the quarter ended December 31, 2020 on an annual basis, according to data released Tuesday by sector regulator Trai.
The gross income of telecommunications service providers was Rs 63,764 crore in the same quarter a year ago.
Adjusted gross income (AGR) of service providers, on which the government levies license fees and other fees, also increased 16.5% year-on-year to Rs 47,623 crore in the quarter, against Rs 40,877 crore in the quarter. corresponding period of 2019-20.
Government license fee collection increased 16.49% to Rs 3,809 crore, from Rs 3,270 crore on an annual basis.
According to data released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), spectrum usage charges (SUC) levied on the basis of AGR and corporate spectrum ownership have also increased by 22.22% to reach Rs 1,538 crore in the quarter from Rs 1,256 crore government earned in October-December 2019.
Access service providers, including mobile and landline service operators like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, BSNL, etc. to retail customers, accounted for 80 percent of total AGR.
Reliance Jio reported the highest AGR of Rs 17,181.65 crore in the reported quarter. It was followed by Bharti Airtel with an AGR of Rs 11,340.19 crore, Vodafone Idea 6,588.46 crore, BSNL Rs 2,135.17 crore, Tata Teleservices Rs 584.1 crore, MTNL Rs 369.84 crore and the rest of the companies posted an AGR of less than Rs 100 crore.
Based on the access service provider’s AGR, Trai calculated that the average revenue per user in the telecommunications industry fell from Rs 85.07 to Rs 108.78 year-on-year.