New Delhi : Ahead of Reliance Jio’s launch of its communications services, a Department of Telecommunications panel has submitted its report on segregation of revenues earned by telecom operators from use of broadband wireless access spectrum meant for high-speed data services.
According to sources, the DoT panel wants operators to put in place necessary mechanisms in their networks, billing systems and associated systems to monitor and segregate revenues earned from broadband wireless spectrum.
The panel also favours segregation of revenues based on the call detail records other than the caller IDs to rule out misreporting of revenues.
The panel said the segregation of revenues from different services may require “complex audit processes to rule out possibility of arbitrage and creative accounting.”
The spectrum usage fee for broadband wireless is 1%. However, the spectrum usage charge for radio waves auctioned in February is 5%. This prompted DoT to ask operators to report revenues earned from broadband wireless spectrum separately. Telecom operators utilising BWA frequencies in 2300 MHz band are required to report revenues earned from them separately. — Cogencis