NEW DELHI: The telecom industry recorded a near 4.6% sequential dip in adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in the July-September period, in a seasonally weak quarter, further hit by the shutdown of mobile services in J&K, data collated by the telecom regulator showed.

Reliance Jio was the only Big 3 telco to further consolidate its lead over the two older carriers – Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea – on AGR. Jio’s AGR rose 6.75% quarter-on-quarter to Rs 11,528.95 crore in the July-September period.

By contrast, Airtel and Vodafone Idea reported 2.32% and 6.86% sequential falls in their September quarter AGR to Rs 7,295.03 crore and Rs 6,260.22 crore respectively, having lost revenue in key markets, according to quarterly performance report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday.

Gross Revenue (GR) for the industry, which included revenue on account of interest, dividend and supplementary services before the October Supreme Court order, also declined by 2.15% to Rs 59,992 crore for quarter ending September 2019, TRAI report showed.

Although Vodafone Idea lost 11 million subscribers during the September quarter, it still managed to have the largest market share of 31.20% among all telecom operators. However, net additions of 5 million (Airtel) and 25 million (Jio) subscribers, resulted in 29.79% and 27.60% market shares for Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio respectively during the period.

Internet subscriber base in the country registered a quarterly growth of 3.35% to 687.62 million. Wireless mobile internet subscribers comprise 97% of total internet users in the country.

Monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) for telecom service providers declined from Rs 80.66 in quarter ending Jun-19 to Rs 78.17 in quarter ending Sep-19. 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.

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