Telecom Roundup: Government to charge telcos uniform licence fee from April 2013

In a move to bring uniformity in the sector, the government has decided to charge 8 per cent of gross revenue as licence fee from all telecom service providers across all categories and services from 2013-14.
At present, DoT is charging licence fee in the range of 6-10 per cent depending upon type of service and circle. [source]

Vodafone not off the tax hook, India to tell European Union

During official talks with the EU in Brussels during June 25-26, India would indicate that it can still make a fresh notice/demand on Vodafone regarding the deal. The Indian side is being led by the Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Anand Sharma.[source]

Government may take back part of spectrum from old companies for refarming

The government has approved sector regulator TRAI’s proposal of refarming under which old operators namely Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular may have to surrender airwaves allocated to them in 900 Mhz band (premium frequency band used for 2G services) on expiry of their licences. These companies will have the option to repurchase these airwaves through auction proposed in first half of 2013.[source]

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