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Telecom department issues show-cause notice to Vodafone Idea over non-payment of license fee

Sources close to the company said that payments had made towards license fee and spectrum usage charges for the quarter ending March 2021.

Published: 09th April 2021 07:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2021 07:28 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: The telecom department has issued a show-cause notice to Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) over non-payment of license fee for the fourth quarter of FY2020-21, with regard to some circles, sources said.

The show-cause notice dated April 7, 2021 states that the company has not paid Q4 FY21 license fee (by March 25) for circles of Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (East), Orissa, as well as national long distance. An e-mail sent to Vodafone Idea on the issue remained unanswered.

But sources close to the company said that payments had made towards license fee and spectrum usage charges for the quarter ending March 2021, last month, and that payment gaps if any, will be completed within the defined timeline.

As per the notice, seen by PTI, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has directed VIL to show cause by April 12, 2021 why action should not be taken against the company under relevant clauses of license agreement. License fee is payable in four quarterly instalments during each financial year.

Quarterly instalment of license fee for the first three quarters of a financial year are payable within 15 days of the completion of the relevant quarter. For the last quarter of financial year, licensees have to pay the license fee by March 25.



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