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Vodafone Seeks 1% Uniform Spectrum Usage Charges For 3G & BWA Spectrum

Our coverage of the 2G Auctions is brought to you by OnMobile Global, India’s leading Mobile Value Added Services [VAS] company Vodafone India has sent a letter to the Department of Telecom (DoT) and Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, seeking a level playing ground between 3G players and BWA players since it believes that there is now no distinction between services that will be offered on 3G and BWA network. It has also sought clarity on the implementation of EGoM's decision to reduce spectrum usage charges earlier this week. The telco has asked that going forward, the government should apply a standard spectrum usage charge (SUC) of 1% Annual Gross Revenue (AGR) for for both 2.1GHz/3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrums with a weighted average for existing spectrum allocations in 900 MHz and 1800MHz band. Vodafone also pointed out that TRAI had earlier recommended this step…

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