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DoT issues notices to telcos, ISPs to pay outstanding dues after self-assessment

November 14, 2019
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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued notices to all operators, internet service providers (ISPs) and virtual network operators (VNOs) asking them to pay up their licence fee dues as per the Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR).

As per industry sources, DoT has asked all operators, ISPs and VNOs to do a self-assessment of their respective dues as per the licence agreement. Self-assessment of dues would minimise the risk of mismatch in calculations.

Further, all telcos, ISPs, VNOs and their associations have been directed to pay up and submit compliance documents within three months of the ruling, as mandated by the Supreme Court.

Earlier, the DoT had submitted a document in the Supreme Court which stated that about 16 operators owed Rs 920 billion. However, as per latest estimates, a total of 41 companies would have to pay nearly Rs 2.27 trillion, including penalties.

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