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COAI knocks on government’s doors for relief package, demands reduced taxes and easier payment terms 

Long-standing issues involving floor price tariffs, license fee reductions, and the government's definition of calculating were raised in the letter addressed to the DoT.  The telecom industry is seeking a relief package from the Indian government in its recent communication through the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), according to a Financial Express report. COAI’s missive dated August 17, 2021, a copy of which has been reviewed by MediaNama, touches upon reduction in levies, an extension of tenure of spectrum lease, and easier payment terms to service debts.  The telecom industry is one of the most cutthroat sectors in India. Apart from pending dues worth Rs 1.4 lakh crore, many years of competitive pricing have affected the revenue benchmarks of Indian telcos leaving them in a precarious state.  What is the telecom industry demanding?  The letter addressed to the department of telecommunications (DoT) requests…

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