DoT to levy 3% licence fee on 3G mobile operators

DoT to levy 3% licence fee on 3G mobile operators

New Delhi: “Government has decided to impose an annual licence fee of 3% of revenue on the those mobile operators who will offer 3G services on stand—alone basis," Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura said.

“In a meeting, Department of Telecom (DoT) took the decision that existing 2G players, who would also offer 3G services, would have to pay 1% of their total revenue to the government as revenue share," said Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura, who is also the Chairman of Telecom Commission.

The Commission, however, did not taken any decision on the one-time spectrum enhancement charge on 2G radio waves.

“In another development, the Commission is learnt to have approved the DoT proposal to slap 1% additional spectrum usage charges for radio waves below 8 MHz and 2% above 8 MHz. This would be effective from 1 January, 2009," Behura said.

At present, the operators pay 2-6% of spectrum usage charges, which would now become 3-8% from January 2009.

One-time spectrum fee has been deferred for the time-being.