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Telcos to pay addl charges on extra 2G spectrum

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:37pm

New Delhi: India's Information Technology and Communications Minister A Raja on Tuesday said telecom operators willing to use 2G spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz will have to pay additional charges.

"The government will fix additional charges for those telecom operators who are willing to subscribe to 2G spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz," Raja told reporters on the sidelines of a conference organised by India Post.

He added that these charges will have to be paid on a regular basis and according to the guidelines that will be in place by October end.

Asked about the Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) initial public offer (IPO), Raja said the government was discussing the issue with trade unions.

"Though there is a lot of misunderstanding about the IPO, there are many employees in the trade union who have favoured it. We are trying to reach a consensus with them," said the minister.
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