The apex court, while passing the order, termed the issues raised by telecom companies with respect to AGR as "frivolous".
The court also made it clear that not only the original charges, but principal interest and penalties on delayed payments would also have to be paid by telecom companies.
As per the order, Vodafone Idea has to pay Rs 28,000 crore (license fees of Rs 6,900 crore and the balance is interest and penalty) over the next three months to the government.
The telecom sector, which is reeling under stress due to the AGR norms and predatory pricing, got relief from the government when it announced a moratorium of two years for spectrum payments.
Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel will raise prices of their services starting next month.