Government revenue collection from telecommunications services will be significantly higher than the projection of Rs 52,806.36 crore made in the union budget after adding collection from the proposed spectrum auction, a senior has said. head of the telecommunications department. The government has lowered its revenue estimate for the telecommunications segment to Rs 52,806 crore for the next financial year, according to the budget document.
“Some people are making prepayments and since the spectrum auction is on offer, we expect it to go north. It will be significantly higher, but at this stage we cannot give an estimate as we are not We have no recommendations in hand, Telecommunications Secretary K Rajaraman told PTI Telecom revenue collection is expected to exceed budget estimates of Rs 53,986.72 crore for the current financial year at Rs 71,959 .24 crore.
Rajaraman said the DoT had already collected Rs 69,559 crore as of February 3. The receipt for communication services includes license fees from telecom operators and receipts for spectrum usage fees which are charged at the rate of 8% of their adjusted gross revenues.
“We will not be able to guess the 5G spectrum auction estimates until we have Trai’s recommendations in hand. These recommendations will undergo some modifications,” Rajaraman said. currently consolidating recommendations on 5G spectrum price and allocation rules which it is expected to submit in March Trai had previously recommended the base price of 5G spectrum in the 3,300-3,600 Mhz band at around Rs 492 crore per Mhz of unpaired spectrum on a pan-India basis.Telecom operators interested in purchasing radio waves for 5G will need to pay a minimum of Rs 9,840 crore on a pan-India basis to purchase spectrum in the frequency band 3,300 to 3,600 Mhz If the demands of telecom operators are met, the mid-band spectrum is expected to cost them only Rs 492 crore at base price. s telecommunications operators requested that the base price for spectrum in the upper frequency bands from 24.5 Ghz to 29.5 Ghz be set at 1% of the base price for the mid-frequency band. Rajaraman said the government’s aim was to improve the ease of doing business, reduce the cost of doing business and the compliance burden for businesses and that a second phase of reforms around these should be in place from April to May. By September, the government had already introduced major reforms to provide liquidity to the sector and ease the burden on debt-ridden companies Vodafone Idea and BSNL.
“Telecommunications infrastructure is the foundation of any digital economy and the government is very committed to digital inclusion as a means to financial inclusion and development. For this, equitable access to telecommunications across the country is very important. That’s why we’re focused on developing more technologies that will improve affordability, accessibility, and more. said Rajaraman.