Indian telecom service revenue up 13% in Q1 2011-12; mobile users grew 34%

Indian telecom service provider industry posted a 13.28
percent increase in gross revenue at Rs 46,891 crore (y-o-y) during the first
quarter of 2011-12.

The quarterly and the year-on-year growth rates of the
average license fee for June quarter 2011 are 4.23 percent and 9.37 percent


Access services contributed 75.88 perecnt of the total
revenue of telecom services. In access services gross revenue, average gross
revenue, license fee and spectrum charges increased by 4.43 percent, 6.57
percent, 6.52 percent and 4.58 percent respectively in the first quarter of
2011-12 versus previous quarter, according to TRAI.

Bharti Airtel has cornered around 22 per cent of the total
revenue of Rs 46,891 crore earned by telecom service providers during the first
quarter of 2011-12, according to a report in Economic Times . 


Airtel’s gross revenue was the highest at Rs 10,213 crore,
followed by Vodafone at Rs 6,894 crore, Idea Cellular at Rs 4,600 crore and
state-run BSNL at Rs 4428 crore. 


Revenues of Reliance Communications, state-run MTNL, Videcon
and Quadrant Televentures, however dipped to Rs 3,015 crore, Rs 750 crore, Rs
162 crore and 51 crore, respectively. 


Tata Teleservices earned Rs 2,866 crore, Aircel Rs 1,541
crore, Unitech Rs 539 crore, Shyam Sistema Rs 279 crore, Loop Telecom 186 crore
and S Tel Rs 38 crore. 


Total Wireless subscriber base increased from 811.59 million
at the end of March 2011 to 851.70 million at the end of June 2011, growing at
4.94 percent. 

During this quarter 40.11 million subscribers were added.
The year-on-year growth rate of wireless subscribers for first quarter of
2011-12 was 34.02 percent. 

Wireless teledensity increased from 67.98 to 71.11. 

The rural wireless subscribers increased from 273.54 million
at the end of Mar-11 to 289.57 million at the end of Jun-11. 

Bharti is the leading operator with 169.19 million
subscribers at the end of June 2011, followed by Reliance (143.27 million) and
Vodafone (141.52 million). 

In terms of net additions during the quarter, Reliance (7.55
million) has added the highest number of subscribers, followed by Bharti (6.98
Million) and Vodafone (6.95 Million). Quadrant continued to record ve growth.

BSNL holds 57.21 percent of the market share with reported
subscriber base of 11.63 million Internet subscribers at the end of Jun-11 as
against 11.32 million at the end of Mar-11. MTNL is at second position (2.44
million) followed by Reliance (2.43 million).  

By Baburajan K

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