Telecom companies earned a gross revenue of Rs 54,218 crore in the September 2019 quarter, with Bharti Airtel securing over 35% share, according to Trai data.
Reliance Jio with the lowest gross income of Rs 15,945.62 crore among private operators paid the highest income to government, according to the data.
While Airtel recorded a gross revenue of Rs 19,061 crore, it paid Rs 1,160.63 crore, of which Rs 851.3 crore as licensing fees and Rs 309.33 crore as spectrum usage fees (SUC), to the government.
Vodafone Idea declared a total revenue of Rs 15,988.46 crore and paid Rs 1,036 crore to the government. The amount included Rs 740.88 crore as license fees and Rs 295.12 crore as SUC, according to data released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on November 22.
The government levies 8 percent as a license fee and SUC within the 3 to 5 percent range of the AGR based on the company’s spectrum ownership.
Reliance Jio with the lowest gross income among private players paid the highest income of Rs 1,372.72 crore to the Department of Telecommunications as the company’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGR) was 73.37% of income gross at Rs 11,699.13 crore.
Airtel’s AGR was 55.83% of gross revenue at Rs 10,641.33 crore and Vodafone Idea’s AGR was 60.2% at Rs 9,624.86 crore.
Vodafone Idea with the largest spectrum holding of 1,849.6 MHz paid the lowest SUC of Rs 295.12 crore among private players.
Airtel with a spectrum hold of 1,588.9 MHz paid an SUC of Rs 309.33 crore and Jio, with a spectrum hold of 1,175 Mhz paid the highest SUC of Rs 436.75 crore.
State-run BSNL recorded gross revenue of Rs 3,222.91 crore. It calculated the AGR as 55.37% of the gross revenue and paid Rs 207.96 crore – Rs 142.74 crore as license fee and Rs 65.22 crore as SUC – to the government .