SPECTRUM USAGE CHARGE
TRAI hopes to finalise views on call connect charges by November-end: Official
A senior TRAI official, who did not wish to be named, said the regulator is hopeful of firming up its views by November-end but did not divulge further details. The official was speaking on the sidelines of ASEAN-TRAI program on capacity building and sharing of best practices in policy regulation and development.
Non-telcos to file review against AGR ruling: Solicitor General
Legal experts said though none of the PSUs were party to the case, which was ...
Trai suggests 5 Mhz of spectrum for railways
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) suggested that spectrum be allocated on administrat...
Telecom dues: Curative petitions rarely admitted, say analysts
The top court dismissed review petitions filed by telcos against its October 24, 2019 order that asked for inclusion of non-telecom revenues for calculating AGR. Dues, which total to Rs 1.47 lakh crore for 15 telecom companies including Airtel and Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL), as per the October order, have to be paid by January 23.
Jio and Airtel-Voda Idea spar at Trai IUC meet
Jio argued that there were no grounds to delay implementation of the zero-IUC regime since traffic symmetry between operators had been achieved. But, Airtel and Vodafone Idea countered that IUC should not come down to zero, from 6 paise at present, and should be postponed by at least three years.
Vodafone Idea may seek more time from Supreme Court to pay dues
The telco had filed a review petition, hoping for a reduction in penalties, which account for 75% of the dues.
Relief to telecom sector: Cabinet gives nod to a two-year moratorium on spectrum payments
The deferred amounts to be paid by telcos will be without increase in the time period, the FM said.
Secretary panel likely to seek licence fee cut, two year freeze on spectrum dues
A panel would look at the issue of AGR dues after telcos approached the Supreme Court for relief.
Govt within its rights to hold spectrum auction, but older telcos unlikely to bid: COAI
COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said given the latest AGR judgement from the apex court and the sector's deep crisis, the older operators are unlikely to have the wherewithal to bid for spectrum. "If the auctions are indeed held, then the government should ensure there is no monopoly in acquisition of spectrum," Mathews added.
Airtel expresses disappointment over AGR plea rejection; evaluating filing curative petition
“While respecting the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s decision, we would like to express our disappointment as we believe the long standing disputes raised regarding the AGR definition were bonafide and genuine,” Airtel said in a statement.
Huge blow to telecom cos: SC hangs up on telcos’ AGR review petitions
Voda Idea & Airtel may file curative petitions, seek more time to pay combined Rs 89,000 cr dues
Telcos face another hit, may have to pay Rs 41,000 crore more as spectrum charges
A favourable order from SC on definition of adjusted gross revenue will strengthen the govt’s bid to recover these dues.
Telcos face another hit, may have to pay Rs 41,000 cr more as spectrum charges
Favourable SC definition of adjusted gross revenue to strengthen govt bid to recover dues
Vodafone Idea, Airtel reject Jio’s contention on IUC
Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has maintained that if the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India postpones the scrapping of IUC from the planned January 2020 deadline, it would end up “subsidising two economically inefficient operators at the cost of users." The provision of such subsidies, Jio said, “is not within the domain of Trai’s functions.”
Govt considering low interests, longer spectrum payment tenure: Telecom Secretary
The telecom department is working on a plan to provide a two-year holiday from spectrum payments, a longer payment tenure and lower rates of interest. All these steps could provide an urgent relief to the debt-laden telecom sector.
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