New Delhi: The total revenue of the Indian telecom sector grew by 7 percent to Rs 2,83,207 crore for 2010-11 financial year, estimates telecom journal Voice&Data.
During the previous fiscal the total revenue of the sector stood at Rs 2,64,669 crore.
Revenue from various services in the Indian telecom industry grew to Rs 166,168 crore, up 14.9 percent, in 2010-11 fiscal as against Rs 1,44,600 crore in the previous financial year.
"The growth was purely driven by growth in subscriber base for various services," Ibrahim Ahmed, Chief Editor of Voice&Data told reporters.
Various telecom services counted in the survey include cellular, fixed line, National Long Distance (NLD), International Long Distance (ILD), broadband and VSAT services.
However, revenues from telecom equipment segment declined by 2.52 percent to Rs 1,17,039 crore in FY'11 from 1,20,069 crore in FY'10.
"Due to amendment in security norms of telecom licence most of the service providers could not purchase equipment. This effect was visible on the overall revenue of telecom equipments segment," Ahmed said.
Voice&Data estimates that maximum revenue in the service segment of the industry came from cellular services market which grew by 16.6 percent to Rs 102,230 crore in FY'11 from Rs 87,680 crore in the previous fiscal.
Revenues from fixed line continued to decline both in terms of number of connections and revenues. V&D estimated it to be at Rs 11,602 crore representing a 15.6 percent year-on-year decline.
Based on the survey, the journal estimated that the country has close to 501 million active subscribers instead of 574 million reported by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for March.
Revenues from International Long Distance (ILD) segment is estimated to be at Rs 22,607 crore in FY'11, up 10 percent from Rs 20,530 crore in FY'10.
The journal attributed the growth in ILD segment to Indian telecom operators increasing their presence in foreign markets. "This brought additional ILD revenue for domestic operators. With falling rates there has been a substantial growth of inbound voice traffic into India," it said.
According to the survey revenues from broadband services stood at Rs 6,846 crore recording a growth of 22.4 percent over FY'10 revenue of Rs 5,591 crore.
"While BSNL's broadband revenue grew by 40 percent in FY'11, the other state-run telecom operator MTNL' revenue grew just 8 percent during the same period," the journal said.
First Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 17:41