Due to the increasing use of OTT, the share of voice calls in the earnings of telecom companies decreased by 80% in 10 years: TRAI

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  • 94 percent decrease in revenue

  • Internet as a source of income for companies

  • Increased use of calling and SMS

New Delhi. Telecom companies: The share of voice calls in the revenue of telecom companies has decreased by 80 percent in the last 10 years. The revenue from SMS services has come down by 94 per cent. According to a circular issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), this decline is due to the increase in the use of Internet-based calling and messaging services in the last 10 years.

According to TRAI, the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) from internet usage has increased 10 times from the June, 2013 quarter to the December, 2022 quarter.

TRAI in its recently released circular to regulate messaging and calling apps like WhatsApp, Google Meet, FaceTime said that the growing use of ‘over the top’ (OTT) apps for messaging, voice calling is affecting telecom services worldwide. Internet has now become the main source of income of the provider companies instead of messages and calls.

All major components of ARPU have declined from June 2013 to December 2022 quarter. ARPU is the main way of measuring the growth of telecom companies.

According to the TRAI document, the share of Internet earnings in total revenue of telcos is set to increase almost 10 times from 8.1 in 2013 to 85.1 per cent in December, 2022. However, the ARPU of telecom companies has increased from Rs 123.77 to just Rs 146.96 during this period.

According to the data, between the June 2013 quarter and the December 2022 quarter, the revenue share of calls declined to Rs 14.79, or 10.1 per cent of the total ARPU. In June 2013, it was Rs 72.53 or 58.6 per cent of the total revenue.

Similarly, the revenue share of message service or SMS has come down from Rs 3.99 per ARPU to 23 paise. Language Sudhir Sharma

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