The 10 per cent customs duty, according to an official statement, will be levied on imported mobile phones and accessories such as chargers and batteries.
July 28 is next date of hearing in the case where Idea Cellular had challenged in the Bombay HC CCI’s decision early May to investigate Jio’s allegations of cartelisation.
Trai, in a letter to telecom secretary dated June 23, also suggested DoT extend tenure of payments for spectrum bought in auctions to 18 years, from 10 years now.
Karbonn and Intex argued that the Chinese players were not expanding the government’s Digital India vision by not launching sub-Rs 5,000 smartphones, run entirely by local players.
According to industry data, 29 out of 36 value-added tax jurisdictions in India had a VAT rate on mobile phones of 5% along with a 1% excise duty.
Trai chairman told that he and US FCC chief Ajit Pai also discussed their action plans on spectrum bands, including upcoming technologies like 5G.
The move will prove advantageous as carriers would be able to optimise equipment deployment as per capacity requirement.
Established manufacturers such as Nokia, Micromax and Panasonic have completed their GST registrations, but small traders would not want to come under GST.
Tim Cook apprised the PM Modi about the production of Apple's popular iPhone SE model at its Bengaluru facility and the app developers working for Apple.
The regulator is however miffed over telcos' scathing views on consultation paper on network testing, terming them as unfair criticism.
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