Telecom Commission to discuss spectrum usage charge on Dec 31
Dec 26 2013 , New Delhi
"Telecom Commission will meet on December 31 to discuss spectrum usage charge," a DoT official said.
The spectrum usage charge, which is levied annually by government as percentage of revenue earned by telecom companies from telecom services, varies between 3 to 8 per cent in case of mobile operators.
This annual fee is currently 1 per cent for firms broadband wireless spectrum including Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) and Tikona.
TRAI has recommended bringing this fee to a uniform level of 3 per cent of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR).
The view taken by the Telecom Commission will be placed before the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom, headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram which will decide on the spectrum usage charge.
It will be for the EGoM to move the Cabinet for a final decision on the SUC, sources said.
Mukesh Ambani led RJIL has opposed Trai's recommendation while GSM industry body COAI has been supporting suggestion of telecom regulator.