Vodafone faces DoT heat

New Delhi, Feb. 13 (PTI): The department of telecom (DoT) has raised a demand of around Rs 877.6 crore from Vodafone as spectrum charges between 2008-09 and 2011-12, sources said.

Every operator has to pay various annual charges, such as spectrum use charge and licence fee, which are based on their revenues.

The total amount demanded from Vodafone includes penalty and interest for all the four financial years separately and has to be paid by February 20, sources said.

For 2011-12, the company has been asked to pay Rs 131.89-crore penalty for 11 service areas. This includes Rs 81.86 crore principal and penalty, while the interest component is around Rs 50 crore.

For 2010-11, the DoT has asked the British telecom major's India unit to pay Rs 730.98 crore that includes principal and penalty of Rs 532.88 crore and interest component of Rs 198.10 crore.

These charges have been levied on spectrum held by the company in 20 of the 22 service areas where it operates, sources said.

The department of telecom has asked the telecom service provider to pay Rs 14.78 crore for the Andhra Pradesh service area due for 2009-10.

The company has also been asked to pay Rs 12.24 lakh for Assam and Himachal Pradesh for 2008-09.

No immediate comment was available from Vodafone on the matter.


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