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At Telecom CEO Conclave: Code Of Conduct, Taxes, Rural Challenges; DoT Approval For VAS?

SC Khanna, Secretary General of AUSPI (CDMA Association), called for a reduction on taxes on telecom services - "we pay around 28 percent of revenue to government. In comparison, in Pakistan, the taxes are 7-8 percent." Khanna also played up intereference from the TRAI in tariffs, saying that mobile operators should be left to decide what charges they levy on the services they provide. He also expressed shock at the recommendations on Internet Telephony, saying "The Internet telephony chap can provide the same services with low license fees, unline the Universal Access Service License holders." On 3G, he said that the success of Indian telecom is based on price. We're the among the only countries that charge Rs. 1650 cr just for a license. and then have to pay for a rollout. These, he reiterated, are his personal views, and…

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