Jan 11, 2013, 10.29 PM IST
Department of Telecommunications in its demand notice has asked telecom majors Airtel and Vodafone to pay around Rs 3,800 crore as one-time spectrum fee during this month.
Similarly, DoT has given Vodafone the opting of paying Rs 2,093.61 crore as first instalment, out of total of about Rs 3,599 crore in January. When contacted, both Airtel and Vodafone did not immediately offer any comments on the matter.
DoT on Wednesday issued demand notice to eight companies asking them to pay one-time spectrum charges as decided by government. This also included State-owned BSNL which has been asked to pay total amount of about Rs 6,912 crore, followed MTNL (Rs 3,205 crore).
Idea Cellular was asked pay Rs 2,113 crore (including Rs 231.5 crore of Spice), Aircel Rs 1,365 crore (including Rs 14 crore of Dishnet), Loop Mobile Rs 606 crore and Reliance Communications Rs 173 crore. The schedule of payment to be made by these firms could not be ascertained. The government is likely to get Rs 4,251.83 crore from retrospective charges, and Rs 18,925.82 crore from prospective charges for excess radiowaves held by mobile operators.
In all, around Rs 23,177 crore is expected from levy of one-time spectrum fee, sources added. Initially, telecom firms were given 4.4 MHz spectrum along with licence for Rs 1,658 crore for pan-India operations and later they were entitled to get another 1.8 MHz on fulfilment of certain subscriber-base criteria.
In November, the government decided that the operators should pay for holding spectrum above 6.2 MHz retrospectively, from July 2008 to January 1, 2013. After that, for spectrum above 4.4 MHz, they would have to pay for the remaining period of their licences based on auction held last November.
Sources said the Department of Telecom (DoT) has tentatively fixed provisional rate for spectrum in 1800 Mhz band for Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Karnataka circles where it did not receive any bids, as also for the more efficient 900 MHz band.
Bharti Airtel stock price
On December 06, 2013, Bharti Airtel closed at Rs 332.15, down Rs 3.3, or 0.98 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 373.50 and the 52-week low was Rs 266.95.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 11.45 per share as per the quarter ended September 2013. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 29.01. The latest book value of the company is Rs 135.70 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 2.45.
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