Mobile revenues down 4.6% in Q2, ARPU dips to Rs 78.17: Trai data

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 09, 2020 12:44 hrs
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New Delhi: The telecom industry posted a 4.56 per cent sequential dip in adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in the July-September period while gross revenue were down by 2.51 per cent, data collated by telecom regulator Trai showed.

The lower revenues may also have been further hit by the shutdown of mobile services in J&K. But now the mobile services have been restored in the Valley.

Monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) for telecom service providers declined from Rs 80.66 in the quarter ending June 2019 to Rs 78.17 in the quarter ending September 2019. Prepaid ARPU per month showed muted growth from Rs 66 to Rs 67, while postpaid ARPU per month declined from Rs 253 to Rs 247.

The AGR, during the quarter, was Rs 37,338 crore and the gross revenue (GR) during the quarter was Rs 59,992 crore. The average wireless data usage per wireless data subscriber per month was 10.37 GB and average cost to subscriber per GB wireless data during the quarter was Rs 6.98.

The Minutes of Usage per subscriber per month was 691 minutes for wireless service (GSM including LTE) and monthly ARPU was Rs 74.38.

"Prepaid ARPU per month increased from Rs 66 in QE Jun-19 to Rs 67 in QE Sep-19, however, Postpaid ARPU per month declined from Rs 253 in QE Jun-19 to Rs 247 in QE Sep-19. On an all India average, the overall Minutes of Usage per subscriber per month for wireless service declined by 1.49 per cent from 701 for QE Jun-19 to 691 in QE Sep-19.

"Prepaid MOU per subscriber per month declined from 705 in QE Jun-19 to 694 in QE Sep-19. Postpaid MOU per subscriber per month also declined from 626 in QE Jun-19 to 617 in QE Sep-19. The License Fee declined from Rs 3,133 crore for the QE Jun-19 toRs 2,989 crore for the QE Sep-19. The quarterly and the year-on year (Y-O-Y) growth rates of license fees are -4.59 per cent and 3.44 per cent, respectively, in this quarter," according to the data.