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COAI urges flat spectrum usage charges

New Delhi, Dec 16 : The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) Monday pressed for flat spectrum usage charges (SUC) as they would lead to higher revenues.


In a letter to Telecom Secretary M.F. Farooqui, COAI said: "...continuing with the escalating charges regime will not only perpetuate a complex and discriminatory regime, but will also lead to lower revenues for the Government."

A copy of the letter is available with IANS.

Recently the government has decided to auction 1,800 MHz and 900 MHz air waves pan-India.

In the letter, COAI mentioned that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has very clearly and unambiguously advocated the principle of uniform SUC charges, while leaving it to DoT to determine the exact rate of such uniform charges.

COAI said if there is no flat SUC, it will discourage purchase of spectrum and distort the outcome of the spectrum auctions.

--IANS (Posted on 16-12-2013)

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