Telecom department may levy weighted spectrum usage charge for all airwaves held by telecom operators

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) could levy a weighted spectrum usage charge (SUC) for all airwaves held by telecom operators, changing its previous stand that revenue arising out of broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum would attract a separate 1% annual fee for using those airwaves. A DoT committee, unable to find technically perfect ways to segregate revenues arising out of the broadband wireless spectrum and revenue from other spectrum bands of 900 MHz/1800 MHz, has proposed that the government charge a weighted average of the total BWA spectrum held by an operator and total airwaves in the other bands of 900/1800 (with weights being quantity of spectrum held) in order to arrive at the specific charge each operator would pay.


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