Reliance Jio achieved the second position exceeding Bharti Airtel in terms of AGR or adjusted gross revenue in the second quarter of 2018. The data is shared by TRAI or Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
As per the data revealed by TRAI, the revenue of Reliance Jio originated from the licensed service, is Rs. 7,125 Cr. The revenue increased 14.6% in the second quarter. On the contrary, the AGR of Bharti Airtel is Rs. 6,723 Cr, falling 5.1% in June quarter.
Although Reliance Jio already crossed Vodafone India and Idea Cellular independently in the first quarter of 2018, the company now falls behind. The merger of the two companies in August 2018 has moved Vodafone Idea forward in comparison to Reliance Jio.
However, before the closing of the merger in June end, Vodafone had witnessed a 9.2% fall in the AGR amounting to Rs. 4,483.68 Cr. Idea’s AGR also fell 7.2% to Rs. 3,743.12 Cr. The only company that showed some growth in the AGR is BSNL or Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the state-owned telecom company. Its AGR increased 6.8% to Rs. 2,273 Cr.
According to the analysts, Reliance Jio’s growth rate can be a threat for the combined entity of Vodafone Idea as well. Since Reliance Jio entered the telecom market of India, there has been tariff war among the telecom service operators. While some companies have formed a merger, some have left the industry altogether.
As per the subscriber base, Vodafone Idea is leading the race with 444.3 million subscribers, followed by Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio having 377 million and 215 million subscribers consecutively.