TRAI has recently issued its recommendations on spectrum usage charges and presumptive adjusted gross revenue for Internet service providers and commercial very small aperture terminal service providers.
Some major recommendations are:
DoT should put in place a comprehensive, integrated online system that acts as a single window clearance for the allocation/clearances/issuance for approval/clearance/issue of NOC and other permissions to the licensees.
- lThe existing system of spectrum assignment on location/link-by-link basis on administrative basis to ISP licensees in the specified bands (viz., 2.7, 3.3, 5.7, and 10.5 GHz) to continue.
- lMinimum presumptive AGR should not be made applicable to ISP licensees.
- lSUC should not be levied as percentage of AGR and existing formula-based mechanism of charging sue to continue and also the existing system of payment of sue charges on annual basis by ISP licensees should continue.
- lThe interest for delayed payment of sue by ISP licensees should be 2 percent above the SBI PLR rate existing on the beginning of the relevant financial year and there should be no requirement of FBG for ISP licensees in respect of formula-based SUC payable.
- lThe minimum presumptive AGR should not be made applicable to commercial VSAT license.
- lThe SUC should not be more than 1 percent of AGR irrespective of the data rate.
- lDoT may take up with DoS to evolve a system where the VSAT licensees are not made to run from pillar to post to get their services activated.