Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, under aegis of COAI, have approached the government for deferment of spectrum payments by 2 years.
The government expects marginal growth in revenue from telecom sector at Rs 41,519.76 crore in 2019-20, as per data published in the budget document. The collection for the current fiscal is expected to fell short of Rs 9,416.42 crore at Rs 39,245 crore from the budgeted provision of Rs 48,661.42 crore, reported PTI.
Revenue count till date
According to data published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for July-September 2018, the gross revenue of telecom service providers dipped by 12.86 per cent to Rs 57,827.24 from Rs 66,361.7 crore and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) by 13.26 per cent to Rs 36,142.44 crore from Rs 41,668.84 crore on year-on-year basis. The revenue from telecom sector has been declining since end of 2016.
PTI further reported that in 2017-18, the government’s revenue mop-up from the telecom sector fell by about 22 percent, owing to a decline in earnings of service providers from sale of services. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, under aegis of COAI, have approached the government for deferment of spectrum payments by 2 years.
The revenue provision from the telecom sector indicates that the government has not made collection estimates from spectrum auction that is being planned to be held in second half of 2019.
The Trai has recommended auction of about 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies at an estimated total base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore, which includes radio-waves for 5G services.