As per the recent Performance Indicator Report (PIR) released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the telecom industry recorded a sequential growth of 9.48 per cent in adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in the quarter ended (QE) December 2019.
On the operators’ front, Jio’s AGR stood at Rs 126.31 billion, witnessing a rise of 9.57 per cent on a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) basis. Further, Airtel and Vodafone Idea reported an increase of 11.63 per cent and 4.01 per cent in their AGR, which stood at Rs 81.43 billion and Rs 65.10 billion, respectively.
Gross Revenue (GR) for the industry increased by 6.29 per cent to Rs 637.64 billion during the QE December 2019.
Further, the report suggested that Reliance Jio becomes the market leader with highest net additions of 14.99 million which translates into a market share of 31.65 per cent. Airtel and Vodafone Idea had a market share of 28.28 per cent and 28.40 per cent. While Bharti Airtel net additions stood 1.73 million subscribers, Vodafone Idea lost around 39.85 million subscribers.
India’s internet subscriber base registered a quarterly growth of 4.53 per cent to 718.74 million. Wireless mobile internet subscribers comprise 97 per cent of total internet users in the country.
Further, the monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) for telecom service providers declined from Rs 78.17 in QE September 2019 to Rs 85.07 in QE December 2019. Prepaid ARPU per month showed low growth from Rs 67 to Rs 70, while postpaid ARPU per month declined from Rs 247 to Rs 262.