The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the Yearly Performance Indicator report for 2018.
As per the regulator, the gross revenue of telecom operators has slipped 7.13 per cent in 2018, while the licence fee and spectrum charges paid to the government fell to 10.29 per cent and 17.7 per cent, respectively.
The adjusted gross revenue (AGR) from sale of telecom services dropped over 10 per cent to Rs 1,444.46 billion during 2018 from Rs 1,608.14 billion in 2017. Access services contributed 71.19 per cent to the total AGR of telecom services.
Further, there was a dip in the gross revenue from Rs 2556.55 billion in 2017 to Rs 2374.17 billion in 2018. Further spectrum usage charges (SUC) were 17.74 per cent lower at Rs 41.86 billion in 2018, while licence fee collections fell 10.2 per cent to Rs 1,164.1 billion.
As per the report, individual operators-wise AGR from access services showed that Bharti Airtel had experienced 26.95 per cent drop year-over-year, Vodafone (8.12 per cent), and Idea (65.61 per cent). Meanwhile, the AGR for Reliance Jio was 316.5 per cent higher at Rs 310.97 billion in 2018.