Govt expects Rs 45,471 crore revenue from spectrum auction
The government hopes to earn Rs 45,471 crore from communication services, including proceeds from three sets of spectrum frequencies and related charges in this financial year.india Updated: Jul 11, 2014 02:21 IST
The government hopes to earn Rs 45,471 crore from communication services, including proceeds from three sets of spectrum frequencies and related charges in this financial year.
The estimated receipts from communication services in the Budget for 2014-15 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday are higher than Rs 38,954 crore revenue projected in the interim budget earlier.
Telecom spectrum allocation in India has been hit swirl of allegations after national auditor Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in a report tabled in 2010, had estimated that the government may have lost potential revenues of Rs 1.76 lakh crore when it allotted 2G spectrum in 2008 through a controversial “first-come, first-served policy. In the wake of the 2G spectrum allocation scandal, the Supreme Court in an order in 2012 had cancelled 122 telecom licences and ordered auctioning off spectrum that the government had allotted in 2008.
The receipts under the same head were Rs 40,847.06 crore in 2013-14, according to revised estimates for FY14.
"Receipts under other communications services mainly related to one-time spectrum charges levied as per recommendations of TRAI, auction of 1,800 Mhz (megahertz) and 900 Mhz spectrum and receipts from 800 Mhz spectrum," the Budget document said.
GSM players use spectrum in 1800 Mhz and 900 Mhz band for providing wireless telecom services, while 800 Mhz band is used by CDMA service providers.
In coming days, 1800 Mhz and 900 Mhz band can be used for high-end mobile services like 3G and 4G.