Telecom stocks today gained up to 3.4 percent after the inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission backed lowering of spectrum usage charge to 3 percent of their annual revenue from next auction. Shares of Reliance Communications jumped 3.4 percent to Rs 50.05 and Bharti Airtel climbed 2.73 percent to Rs 358.70 on BSE. Idea Cellular rose by 1.28 percent to Rs 106.70. Also Read - FIR filed against Twitter India again, now over child pornography contentAlso Read - Mi Notebook Pro X to be Xiaomi's most expensive laptop yet, launch tomorrow
In what could be good news to mobile operators, the inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission has backed lowering of spectrum usage charge to 3 percent of their annual revenue.The panel also decided that the payout for carriers in any case will not be lower than what they are currently paying at the existing rate to prevent loss of revenue to the government. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
“For future auction, the Telecom Commission stood by its earlier recommendation to levy 3 per cent SUC,” an official source had said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended SUC at a uniform rate of 3 percent across the industry and gradually bringing it to 1 percent. The government in January 2014 decided to cap SUC at a flat 5 per cent for spectrum that was to be procured in future auctions.
At that point, telecom operators were asked to pay the weighted average of their existing SUC (on the old rate of 3-8 percent) based on the quantum of spectrum they hold and 5 percent if they acquire new spectrum.