According to Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), telecom industry’s revenues are expected to rise 14-15 per cent in FY21. This increase in revenues will primarily be led by some uptick in average revenue per user, though the subscriber base is likely to remain flat with rural growth offsetting SIM consolidation in urban locations.

COAI noted that data consumption per user per month will increase from the current 12 GB to 15 GB by FY21.

COAI has also emphasised that a duopoly structure within the current three-player private telcos market can bring in negative consequences for the industry as sufficient competition among players is required for ensuring that subscribers get good services at better prices.

Further, the industry body has said that it will continue to push for relief measures for the industry such as reduction in spectrum usage charges (SUC) and licence fee; and exemption of GST on licence fee and SUC, as well as on payment of spectrum acquired in auctions.