News: In a relief for telecom operators, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has finally removed the 3% floor rate on spectrum usage charges (SUC), a move that would in the long run make such payments zero on their entire spectrum holding as telcos add new spectrum, which incrementally has zero SUC
Views: The removal of the floor rate was required to give effect to the telecom relief package announced by the government in September 2021, where apart from providing a four-year moratorium to operators on their AGR and spectrum dues, the government had also said there would be no SUC on airwaves acquired in future auctions. It will be positive for all telcos like Airtel, Jio and VIL
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