GSM Car­ri­ers Bat for Uni­form SUC

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In­dia’s GSM car­ri­ers have re­it­er­ated their call for a uni­form an­nual levy of 3% of an­nual rev­enue for us­ing air­waves, mainly on grounds that seg­re­ga­tion of rev­enue based on mul­ti­ple spec­trum bands for de­liv­er­ing 4G-LTE ser­vices would be a huge chal­lenge in fu­ture, re­ports

Mul­ti­ple bands such as 2300 MHz, 1800 MHz, 800 MHz and 700 MHz (post-auc­tion) will be used for “pro­vi­sion­ing the same LTE tech­nol­ogy, and with car­rier ag­gre­ga­tion be­com­ing a re­al­ity, the seg­re­ga­tion of rev­enue on the ba­sis of spec­trum bands be­comes al­most im­pos­si­ble,” the Cel­lu­lar Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (COAI) said in a let­ter to tele­com sec­re­tary JS Deepak on Tues­day. COAI said the spec­trum us­age charge (SUC) — the an­nual fee that tel­cos pay the govern­ment for us­ing the nat­u­ral re­source — should also be grad­u­ally­brought down to a flat 1%.


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