Government collects over Rs 2.15 lakh cr as spectrum, licence fees

The government on Wednesday said it has received over Rs 2.15 lakh crore so far from telecom operators as spectrum fee and licence fee.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2011, 20:52 PM IST
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said it has received over Rs 2.15 lakh crore so far from telecom operators as spectrum fee and licence fee.

Up to June 2011, the government has received Rs 1,27,775.47 crore as spectrum charges and Rs 88,095.38 crore as licence fee from operators, total amounting to Rs 2,15,870.85 crore, Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

"These figures include entry fee in respect of 2G, 3G and BWA," he added.

Deora said that telecom regulator TRAI, in May 2010, had recommended that in so far as future licensing is concerned, spectrum should be delinked from Unified Access Services (UAS) licence.

The regulator had also recommended that all future licences should be unified licences and that spectrum be delinked from the licence. These recommendations of TRAI are under considerations of the government, he said.

Recently, several mobile operators have increased tariffs applicable for certain plans and packs offered be them, Deora informed.

Mobile operators have been revising the tariff both upward and downward, in accordance with the market dynamics. However, a whole, the tariff for telecom services has been showing consistently downward trend for several years.

TRAI has issued regulatory prescriptions as per which the existing subscribers are protected from any hike in tariff for a certain specific period. Operators have assured TRAI that tariff for the existing subscribers will be protected against hike in accordance with the regulatory mandates, he informed.

PTI