The telecom industry plans to negotiate with the government on levies including license fees and charges to the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) as part of their recommendations for the upcoming 2023-2024 budget, reported The Economic Times. The license fee currently is 8 per cent of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) where 5 per cent of it is contributed to USOF. The sector is also seeking a tax-credit refund of Rs 32,000 crore, according to ET.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) is vouching for provisions to enhance the telecom sector's financial viability.
The recommendations will leave more funds with TSPs (telecom service providers) for expansion, increase liquidity, facilitate investments required to complete the digital India vision and 5G roll-outs