Telecom service providers post revenues of 50k cr

Telecom service providers post revenues of 50k cr

New Delhi: The total revenue of telecom service providers was 50,054 crore during the quarter-ended September, according to Trai data released on Wednesday.

Bharti Airtel alone accounted for almost 26% of total industry gross revenue at 13,239 crore. It was followed by state-owned BSNL, with 18% share at 9,040 crore.

Tata group companies, including Tata Teleservices and Tata Communications, held 8.3% share with gross revenue of 4,163.14 crore.

The total adjusted gross revenue (AGR) -- derived only from only telecom business of the operators -- stood at 33,414.44 crore. Telecom service providers are required to pay certain percentage on AGR to government as license fee and spectrum charges.

Of this, government will get around 2,773 crore and 1,105.82 crore as spectrum charges, amounting to 3,857 crore approximately.

Telecom service providers are charged 105 of AGR for Metro Service Areas and category ‘A´ circles, 8 per cent of AGR for category ‘B´ circles and 6 per cent of AGR for category ‘C´ Circles as license fee.

While spectrum charge is 2% of AGR for spectrum up to 4.4 MHz. For spectrum beyond 4.2 MHz up to 6.2 MHz, service providers are required to pay additional charges at the rate of 1% of AGR.

For spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz, telecom service providers are required to pay additional 1% of their AGR.

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