The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is all set to issue a demand notice to three companies — S Tel, Loop Telecom, and Etisalat DB — for spectrum usage charges (SUC). The three stopped services after the Supreme Court cancelled their licences.
Telecom service providers have to pay a certain percentage of their revenue as SUC. It depends on the category of circle, where a company is operating services and is up to 8% of the total revenue in case of category A circles.
Etisalat DB has the highest outstanding of about Rs 8.7 crore, a DoT official said. The total outstanding charges in case of S Tel stands at Rs 6.7 crore and in case of Loop Telecom at Rs 1.2 crore.
The three companies sought compensation from the government after the court issued the cancellation order. Interestingly, S Tel is the whistle-blower in the ongoing scam as it went to the court against former communications minister A Raja’s decision to advance the cut-off date.