Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Pay in full: Indian Supreme Court gives operators no relief on AGR dues

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Friday 23 July 21

The pleas of the Indian operators have once again fallen on deaf ears, with the Court refusing to recalculate the enormous fees owed as a result of adjusted gross revenue (AGR)

Back at the start of 2020, the major operators in India found themselves with found themselves faced with the unenviable task of paying billions of dollars to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) regarding AGR fees. Reliance Jio, who faced the smallest sum, quickly paid off its dues, leaving rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone challenging the courts over how much and when they would be required to pay.   Now, not for the first time, India’s Supreme Court has rejected pleas from the operators to recalculate the amount owed to the government…

Back at the start of 2020, the major operators in India found themselves with found themselves faced with the unenviable task of paying billions of dollars to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) regarding AGR fees. Reliance Jio, who faced the smallest sum, quickly paid off its dues, leaving rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone challenging the courts over how much and when they would be required to pay.   Now, not for the first time, India’s Supreme Court has rejected pleas from the operators to recalculate the amount owed to the government…

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