TELECOM LICENSE HOLDERS
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New Delhi wants nearly $21 billion in back license fees and spectrum usage charges, including penalties, interest.
Two-player telecom market would be too risky in India: Trai officials
A two-private player duopoly in the telecom market would be too risky i...
Telecom companies seek modification in AGR ruling, move SC
The ‘modification’ applications were filed on Monday after the Supreme Court last ...
DoT orders no coercive action on defaulting Airtel, Voda-Idea; Pradhan says non-telcos not liable
"The Director of Licensing Finance Policy Wing has issued direction that concerned departments should not take any coercive action against the licensees in case they fail to comply with the Supreme Court order, until further orders," an official source told PTI.
AGR dues: Reliance Jio meets Supreme Court deadline, Airtel seeks time
The Mukesh Ambani led telco’s dues are a fraction of what its rivals - Vod Idea and Airtel - have to pay.
Oil India moves Supreme Court over AGR order
The company has been served a notice of Rs 48,000 crores including licence fee, penalties and interest for the period from FY 2007-08 to FY 2018-19 by the department of Telecommunication (DoT).
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.
PSUs to file review petitions over Rs 3 lakh crore telecom dues: Government
“Government companies have a different clause than telecom companies,’’ Mehta told ET, when asked if non-telco PSUs would file review petitions against the order. The October 24 ruling had expanded the scope of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) on which telecom licence holders need to pay the fee to the government.
Telecom AGR dips 4.5% in Q2
The telecom industry recorded a 4.56% quarter-on-quarter fall in adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in July-September 2019, hit by seasonal weakness in call volumes and the shutdown of mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir.
Telecom sector demands tax rationalisation, line of credit
The telecom players sought the government’s support to lessen the regulatory levies including the reduction of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) charge to 3%, and reduction of license fee from 3% to 1%, as a part of their pre-budget 2020-21 demand.
Trai seeks industry's views on unbundled licensing regime in telecom
The move came after the Telecom Department sought the regulator''s recommendation on the issue.
SC rejects Centre's plea challenging refund of Rs 104 crore ordered by TDSAT to RCom
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had on December 21, 2018 directed the Centre to return around Rs 104 crore after encashing bank guarantee of Rs 908 crore against spectrum charges of Rs 774 crore.
Internet service providers seek PMO help on revised AGR
Internet service providers have written to the Prime Minister’s Office seeking relief from any move by the telecom department to implement a Supreme Court order on adjusted gross revenue on all telecom licence holders – and not just telcos.
Telecom industry urges government to facilitate funding at lower interest rates; seeks reduction in levies
According to a senior government official, most demands made were on similar lines as before, including reduction in Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) levy and licence fees. The official added that one of the recommendations was related to input line credit.
Telecom companies may see licence fee cut
Industry experts said that while the planned move will give telecos some relief, it might not be enough.
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