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DOT Orders 9 Telcos To Pay One Time Spectrum Usage Fee

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The apex court had in February, 2012 quashed 122, 2G licences. The Supreme Court later in 2013 had asked the government to charge fees from companies that continued operation even after cancellation of their licences on February 2, 2012. The department had earlier estimated the demand at Rs 2,764.29 crore, including basic fee, fine and interest, from nine telecom operators.

The initial demand was a higher amount, but the final amount has been fixed based on the date of new licences issued to the players following the spectrum auction. Now, Department of Telecom has initiated the process to collect Rs. 2,451 crore from 2G players for being allowed to continue services after the Supreme Court order on February 2, 2012.

These players were able to sustain their operations because the DoT approached the court seeking more time to cancel the licences. Although the initial order was to scrap the licences by August 2012. Original post at Telecom Tiger


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