The gross revenue of telecommunications service providers (TSPs) was Rs 71,588 crore in the same period a year ago, the quarterly performance report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India showed on Thursday. .
The adjusted gross income of TSPs, on which the government applies various levies, increased by 15.81% to Rs 55,151 crore in the December quarter of 2021 from Rs 47,623 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2020.
Government collection in license fees jumped 19.21% to Rs 4,541 crore from Rs 3,809 crore a year ago.
Government Spectrum Utilization Fee (SUC) collection increased by 14.47% to Rs 1,760 crore in the December 2022 quarter from Rs 1,538 crore a year ago.
Reliance Jio recorded the highest AGR of Rs 19,063.75 crore in the December 2022 quarter. It was followed by Bharti Airtel with Rs 4,484.48 crore, Vodafone Idea Rs 6,541.83 crore, BSNL Rs 1,984.94 crore, Tata Teleservices Rs 530.21 crore, MTNL Rs 254.78 crore, Reliance Communications Rs 61.69 crore and Quadrant Rs 13.22 crore.
The total number of telephone subscribers in India decreased by 0.9% to 117.84 crore at the end of December 2021 compared to the previous quarter.
The total subscriber base included 115.46 crore wireless customers and 2.37 crore wireline customers.
The total internet subscriber base in the country stood at 82.93 crore and broadband subscribers stood at 79.2 crore at the end of December quarter 2021, according to the report.
The average revenue per user (ARPU) for the wireless service increased by 5.55% from 108.16 rupees in September 2021 to 114.16 rupees in December 2021. It increased by 12.3% on a annual.
“Prepaid ARPU per month increased from Rs 102.16 in the quarter ended (QE) in September 2021 to Rs 107.98 in QE December 2021, however, postpaid ARPU per month increased from Rs 212.28 in QE September 2021 to Rs 210.33 in QE December 2021,” the report said.