In contrast to analysts\u2019 expectations, Reliance Jio failed to become the largest telecom operator during the July-September quarter if the total adjusted gross revenues (AGR) of access service licence and national long distance licence are taken into account. The newly-merged entity, Vodafone Idea, took the top spot, followed by Bharti Airtel and Jio, as per data sourced from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). In the preceding quarter, the top slot was occupied by Bharti Airtel as Vodafone and Idea had not merged by then. Analysts had expected that during the July-September quarter, Jio would surpass Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel. However, if only the AGR of access services licence is taken into account, Reliance Jio, for the second consecutive time, emerged as the biggest telecom service provider during the quarter. Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel come next. This means that the NLD stream of Jio is not being used by incumbents to carry out their domestic long-distance traffic. Also read:\u00a0Voda Idea to expedite merger synergies As per Trai data released on Saturday, during the July-September 2018 quarter, Jio\u2019s AGR for access services stood at Rs 8,271.86 crore, higher than VIL\u2019s Rs 7,528.35 crore and Bharti\u2019s Rs 6,720.91 crore. However, after adding the NLD revenues, VIL\u2019s total AGR comes to Rs 10,478.44 crore, Bharti\u2019s stood at Rs 9,882.33 crore, higher than Jio\u2019s Rs 8,346.20 crore. During April-June quarter, Jio\u2019s AGR stood at Rs 7,125.69 crore, higher than Bharti\u2019s Rs 6,723.54 crore. After adding NLD revenues, Bharti\u2019s total AGR stood at Rs 10,192.12 crore, higher than Jio\u2019s Rs 7,200.40 crore. It was during the January-March 2018 quarter that Jio, for the first time, pipped Vodafone to become the second-largest telecom operator in terms of AGR (without NLD revenues). Its AGR then stood at Rs 6,217.60 crore as against Bharti\u2019s Rs 7,085.50 crore, and Vodafone\u2019s Rs 5,095.80 crore. Also read:\u00a0Vodafone Idea, Airtel to switch off users spending below Rs 35 per month; but don\u2019t worry, here\u2019s what to do However, then also after adding NLD revenues, Vodafone was ahead of Jio as then Vodafone\u2019s AGR came at Rs 6,976.20 crore compared to Jio\u2019s Rs 6,309.40 crore. In the past, Bharti was the market leader both for access services and NLD, but the pecking order changed as Vodafone India and Idea Cellular completed their merger on August 31, 2018. July-September is the first quarter when their combined revenue has been reported by the Trai. In terms of mobile subscribers, Jio is at the third spot, but is rapidly adding numbers. As of September 2018, VIL is the largest telco with a subscriber count of 422 million, followed by Bharti at 329.68 million and Jio at 252.3 million.