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NCLT directs DoT not to suspend Aircel’s spectrum license

The battle between Aircel , which keeled under a debt of Rs 26,000 crore, and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) started when the latter demanded dues on airwaves be paid to the government failing which licenses should be suspended .

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    Airtel said it would disconnect BSNL customers if it didn't regard Airtel-Tata Tele as a merged entity.

    The official at the power transmission provider said the Supreme Court order did not apply to non-telecom companies like PGCIL and therefore it would stand by its earlier assessment of licence fee. The official said PGCIL would not make any further payment to the DoT, and added that it had already paid Rs 59 crore as license fee.

    The directive came after the TRAI had recommended to the department last year that all telcos & infrastructure providers must be mandated to share in-building infrastructure in public places, commercial & residential complexes with other providers in a transparent, fair & non-discriminatory manner, with a minimum of three operators having a presence in the building.

    Lawyers say that several companies — including GAIL, Power Grid Corporation, Delhi Metro, RailTel, among others — that are non-telcos but hold telecom licences to provide a range of offering such as internet services, national and international long-distance services and VSAT services, could fall under the DoT’s wider licence fee ambit

    The companies that have approached the DoT flagging their concerns on pending dues include Sterlite, Tejas, Paramount Wires And Cables Ltd (PWCL), Aksh Optifibre, Finolex among others, and the dues run into Rs 1,600 crore, said Sandeep Aggarwal, Managing Director of Paramount Communications.

    The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) said the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has unnecessarily imposed the order on internet service providers, many of which are run by entrepreneurs in smaller cities and towns.

    As proposed by Committee of Secretaries, GST Council to take final call. Input tax credit worth some Rs 18,000 crore for Reliance Jio, about Rs 10,000 crore for Bharti Airtel and roughly Rs 8,000 crore for Vodafone Idea are currently stuck with the finance ministry.

    The International Telecom Union has dismissed a proposal of the Department of Telecommunications – pushed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – to restrict transmission power of 5G mobile base stations, and has upheld the view of the telecom industry at the World Radio Communications-2019 conference in Egypt.

    Telecos Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have been seeking relief from the government to restore the heath of the telecom sector, including informal requests for establishing floor pricing or minimum tariffs for voice and or data used by customers. The government has been nudging the Trai took into the matter as pricing is in the regulator's domain.

    As per Department of Telecom’s (DoT) calculations submitted to the SC on July 15, telecom companies owed nearly Rs 93,000 crore in license fees, penalties and interest.

    "As this task is time bound and compliarrce is to be reported to the Hon'ble Supreme Court, you are instructed to follow above instructions within the time frame specified failing which action in terms of the Licence Agreement will be initiated," a notice from Kerala circle's controller of communication accounts has directed.

    ​​The axe will fall mainly on midlevel employees and those who haven’t picked up relevant skills.

    Airtel and Vodafone Idea hold the majority of these liabilities, which the DoT has sought through a process started last week. For Airtel, dues are around Rs 35,586 cr - Rs 21,682 cr as LF and Rs 13,904 cr as SUC excluding Tata Tele and Telenor - while for Voda Idea they amount to Rs 53,038 cr, of which Rs 28,309 cr in LF and Rs 24,730 cr in SUC.

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