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Department of Telecom has apparently sent notices, to pay one time fee of about Rs 3,033 crore , for all CDMA telecom operators, holding spectrum beyond 2.5 Mhz in 800 Mhz band. The order is said to be effective 01-01-2013 onwards. The list of operators holding spectrum beyond 2.5 Megahertz include BSNL, MTNL, Sistema Shyam (SSTL), Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Sistema Shyam .
As per the order, these charges will be dropped, if an operator is willing to surrender the additional spectrum.
BSNL holds CDMA spectrum above 2.5 MHz in Kerala and has reportedly agreed to return the extra spectrum to the government.
SSTL which goes by the brand name MTS, recently won 3.75 Mhz spectrum for 8 circles.. The operator will not have to pay one-time spectrum fee for these areas. However, the Rajasthan circle, in which the company operates, is not exempted from the order.
According to the order, the companies who are not willing to surrender the extra spectrum, will have to pay for it, for the rest of the license period. The annual charges are said to be based on the reserve price fixed for spectrum auction, held on March 11.
Meanwhile, The DoT has already issued a similar notice to old GSM operators. Apparently the government is expected to get over Rs. 23,000 crore from the GSM operators.