Mumbai: Telecom stocks today gained up to 3.4 per cent after the inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission backed lowering of spectrum usage charge to 3 per cent of their annual revenue from next auction.
Shares of Reliance Communications jumped 3.4 per cent to Rs 50.05 and Bharti Airtel climbed 2.73 per cent to Rs 358.70 on BSE.
Idea Cellular rose by 1.28 per cent to Rs 106.70. In what could be good news to mobile operators, the inter-mnisterial panel Telecom Commission has backed lowering of spectrum usage charge to 3 per cent 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.
“For future auction, the Telecom Commission stood by itsearlier 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 per cent across the industry and gradually bringing it to 1 per cent.
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 per cent) based on the quantum of spectrum they hold and 5 per cent if they acquire new spectrum.