The Government has,
inter alia, decided the following on levy of one time Spectrum
Charges/fee as per the Cabinet decision on 8th November, 2012.
(i) for spectrum holding upto 4.4 MHz (GSM), no one time charge be
(ii) for all spectrum holdings beyond 4.4 MHz (GSM), an one time charge
be levied prospectively upon the existing operators at 2012 auction
determined price. The date of applicability of the charge shall be the
date of commencement of the first quarter following the date of the
(iii) for spectrum held above 6.2(GSM), a one-time charge be levied from
July 2008 onwards. There will be two prices. The price, pro-rated for
the period July 2008 up to the date of applicability of auction
determined price, would be in the 2001 entry fee divided by 6.2, duly
indexed using State Bank of India Prime Lending Rate (SBI PLR). The
auction determined price be levied for spectrum beyond 6.2 (GSM)/ with
effect from the date of commencement of the first quarter following the
date of the Cabinet decision;
(iv) licensees may be given the option to surrender the spectrum beyond
4.4 MHz (GSM) if they did not wish to pay this charge.
Tariffs for mobile services are currently under Regulatory forbearance
except for National Roaming Services. The call rates are determined by
the service providers based on several factors including input costs,
market conditions and other commercial considerations. Any change in the
said factors may get reflected in the pricing for mobile services.
This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for
C&IT in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.