Kerala outgrows metro cities in telecom revenue growth

As per data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Kerala recorded the maximum revenue growth of 14 percent in the period between April and June of 2014 and AMJ 2015. The revenue of the state increased from Rs 1878.44 crore in the AMJ quarter of 2014 to 2135.4 crore in AMJ 2015.

Idea seems to be the biggest beneficiary of this growth in the Kerala circle with the company recording maximum growth of 20.6 percent. The company’s revenue increased from Rs 704.93 crore in AMJ 2014 to Rs 887.87 crore in AMJ 2015. Vodafone is at second spot in the circle with the company’s revenue increasing from Rs 450.77 crore in AMJ 2014 to Rs 513.14 crore in AMJ 2015. Kerala is a category `B’ circle and has a tele-density of around 95%.

Overall, the telcos recorded an increase of 6 percent with revenue increasing from Rs 44736.06 crore in AMJ 2014 to Rs 47627.39 crore in AMJ 2015. Significantly, the top three telcos outgrew the market during this time frame. While both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India recorded an increase of 7%, Idea Cellular recorded an increase of 17% in its revenue during this time period.

Kerala circle was followed by Karnataka (category `A’ circle), which recorded a growth of 11% with revenue increasing from Rs 3302.6 crore in AMJ 2014 to Rs 3662.2 in AMJ 2015. Bharti Airtel is the clear leader in this circle with a revenue of Rs 1517 crore in AMJ 2014 increasing to Rs 1774.69 crore in AMJ 2015. Bharti is followed by Vodafone, which recorded a revenue of Rs 522.76 crore at the end of AMJ 2015. (See Fig 1) .


Fig 1

Though Kerala and Karnataka have recorded the highest revenue growth in the given time period, they are not the highest revenue generating circles for the service providers. With revenues of Rs 3933.51 crore in AMJ 2015, Maharashtra is the highest revenue generating circle for the service providers. Maharashtra is closely followed by Delhi, which generated revenue of Rs 3858.58 crore in AMJ 2015. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Mumbai are the other top revenue generating circles for the Indian telcos. (See Fig 2) .

Fig 2

Fig 2

On the other hand, Himachal Pradesh recorded the least revenue of Rs 312.33 crore in AMJ 2015, followed by North East, which has a revenue of Rs 495.51 crore in the same time period. Orissa, Assam, and Jammu & Kashmir are other circles with least revenue in AMJ 2015. (See Fig 3)


Fig 3

Interestingly, circles like Assam and J&K, which recorded a low revenue growth, ended up with high subscriber growth in the same time frame. For instance, Assam’s subscriber base grew by 13 percent and Jammu & Kashmir’s subscriber base increased by 16 percent. This increase in the subscriber base was, unfortunately, not matched by a corresponding increase in revenue.

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December 18, 2015 7:19 pm 7:19 PM

It was in 2010 BSNL was given inefficient spectrum and made to pay the price for it .It was Sonia Gandhi and Kapil Sibel behind because in Italy TIM,Vodafone,Wind have complete 3G/4G coverage in rural village areas so it never bothered them whether BSNL give or give not these services in India due to cash crisis :-p :-p :-p !!!!

Abishek Naagendra
December 18, 2015 7:37 pm 7:37 PM

Yes, and that’s why no one gives them a damn! I am simply ignoring any news abt Congress… Just because I consider RSP as a talented, capable minister, I’m expecting a lot from him… If it was Sibal, I would know very well that he wont do anything…

December 18, 2015 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

I’m an airtel kerala customer for 8 years. I don’t feel any problem with airtel services yet. Now providing 1 gb 3g @ ?122

December 19, 2015 11:24 am 11:24 AM


I am also using airtel. But i didnt came to know about anything like “1 gb 3g @ ?122” ??????

Providing 1gb 3g @ 248 with 26 days validity the rate is comparatively on the higher side….

December 18, 2015 5:03 pm 5:03 PM

Matthew @ y don’t u bcom the telecom minister. U r talking about the giant telecommunication wic is voted by Indians.

December 18, 2015 5:25 pm 5:25 PM

But no ministers showing interest to save Bsnl.They know how to save it,but they never do.Everyone knows the reason.

December 18, 2015 6:43 pm 6:43 PM

We can see it …all Ministers are not like congress Ministers,remember that point bro!

Abishek Naagendra
December 18, 2015 6:57 pm 6:57 PM
They’re… Both are waste… Can’t Ravi Shankar Prasad give a soft loan for BSNL? Can’t he reallocate the useless spectrum given to them in some other band? They paid the maximum bidding amount for 2300 MHz for 2500 MHz right? So, why can’t he give them that spectrum atleast? They’re simply discussing for years! Both will keep on fighting with each other… No constructive work… President should interfere in this … But he himself is a puppet of Congress… Oh God, I really miss Dr. Kalam sir… Y don’t people get it? Ravi Shankar Prasad did nothing much to save… Read more »
December 18, 2015 7:12 pm 7:12 PM

Dear Abhishek,please go to tiny pic link I have given and what you asked as being done by Ravi Shanker Prasad!!!please download that 4 images and see …..he is doing more ….also please have patience…. 🙂

Abishek Naagendra
December 18, 2015 7:31 pm 7:31 PM

I understand all these… But it wont give any immediate effect… Nor it’ll be of any effect to subscribers from majority of India… BSNL should be able to launch 4G within 2016 atleast and not on that useless band… They should get 700, 800 or 1800 MHz spectrum to launch 4G… The Govt should assign atleast half of available 700 MHz spectrum to BSNL because defence was able to vacate that spectrum because BSNL is building them the fibre network…