02:00 pm - Saturday 18 November 2017

EGoM gives nod to charge operators one-time fee for their existing 2G airwaves – Report

By Parvina Purkayastha - Mon Oct 08, 5:41 pm

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) for telecom is believed to have taken the final call today to a proposal to charge mobile phone operators  a one-time fee for their existing second-generation airwave holding based on a price to be determined by an upcoming auction in November.

The move will affect older carriers including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone‘s Indian unit that were not hit by a Supreme Court  order to revoke permits in a scandal-tainted 2008 sale and are not required to bid in the auction.

The ministerial panel has recommended to the cabinet that companies be asked to pay for airwaves beyond 4.4 mega hertz at the auction-determined price for the remaining validity of their licence periods.

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