The government has asked telecom operators to pay the first instalment of Rs 8,115.68 crore of one-time spectrum fee by January 15, sources said.
“If telecom operators opt to make payment in instalments, then the first instalment of all companies will be little over R8,000 crore which they will have to pay by January 15,” a government source said.
Sources said that the first instalment for Vodafone amounts to around R2,093 crore, Airtel's R1,758 crore, BSNL's R1,282.98 crore and MTNL's R916 crore. The same for Idea Cellular is R810 crore (including R84.45 crore of Spice Communications), Aircel's R584 crore (including R1.98 core of Dishnet), Loop Mobile's R607 crore and, for Reliance Communications, it’s about R63 crore.
When contacted, Bharti Airtel and RCom declined to comment on the issue, while no immediate comment could be received from other operators. The director general of GSM players body COAI, Rajan Mathews, said their “members are evaluating legal options and may approach court over the issue”.