The unlimited Rs 303 data plan for Reliance Jio prime members with free voice is expected to dent the premium subscriber base of the sector including those of the big three – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular –to the tune of 17 per cent. This is assuming that the premium data subscribers pay an average of Rs 600 per month. While there are about 350 million data subscribers, about 100 million are in the premium category.
Analysts at Motilal Oswal Securities say that if the downtrading were to happen from the higher average revenue per user (ARPU) level of Rs 600 to Rs 303, the sector will be impacted to the tune of Rs 35,640 crore a year. The larger players will be affected more as their ARPUs are much higher than the Rs 303 tariff of RJio.
Of Bharti Airtel’s overall subscriber base of 266 million, about 55 million are data subscribers who pay an average of data ARPU of Rs 174.7. Vodafone and Idea have a data subscriber base similar to Bharti Airtel and data ARPU of Rs 111-118. Operators do not reveal the proportion of premium subscribers. Read more