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DoT notice asks Telecom Companies to Pay AGR Dues in 3 months

4g/lte News - Published on Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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Indian government’s Department of Telecommunications has sent notices on November 13 to all the telecom operators and internet service providers to pay their licence fee and spectrum usage charge dues by January 25, 2020 to the government as per the definition of what constitutes adjusted gross revenue given by the Supreme Court in its order dated October 24. It said “It is the responsibility of the licensees to pay their licence fee and other dues after carrying out their own assessment as prescribed in the licence agreements. You are therefore directed to make the payment in accordance with the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 24.10.2019 and submit the requisite documents to ensure compliance within the stipulated time frame”.

The basic premise of the SC order is that all companies having a telecom licence need to take into account while calculating the adjusted gross revenue, all their revenues, including those coming from non-telecom licence businesses for payment of licence fee and spectrum usage charge. Telcos pay a licence fee of 8% of their adjusted gross revenue and SUC ranging between 3-5%.

It is also reported that the telecom operators are scheduled to file a limited review petition on Friday in the Supreme Court regarding the payment of dues, seeking some kind of relief on waiver of interest, penalty, and interest on penalty and maybe seek more time to make the payment.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Thu, 14 Nov 2019
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