The Telecom Commission has decided to stick to its earlier recommendation to impose a 3% spectrum usage charge (SUC) on telecom operators, across all bands except one, during the spectrum auction scheduled to be held later this year, reports PTI. For the 2300 MHz band or the broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum band, the SUC will be 1%. The commission will have to send these recommendations for cabinet approval. Back in January 2014, the government had decided to levy a flat 5% SUC on spectrum at future auctions, and did away with the 3-8% SUC range that was being charged earlier. Apparently, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has also been considering lowering SUC further to a flat 4.5%. Note that as per the recommendation SUC will be calculated using a weighted average formula between: BWA spectrum (1%), current SUC (5% for spectrum bought…
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