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RCom calls DoT's approach on one-time spectrum charge discriminatory

The Anil Ambani led firm has alleged that OTSC dues of Vodafone are to the tune of Rs 90 billion, which is around 4 times of RCom

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Anil Ambani, Reliance Communications, RComm
Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Communications.

has alleged DoT of adopting discriminatory approach by demanding from the company for one-time spectrum charges, while approving Vodafone-Idea merger without making a similar demand, sources said on Thursday.

In a letter dated July 10, 2018 to Aruna Sundararajan, debt-ridden telecom firm referred to conditional approval given to and India to go ahead with their merger deal without insisting on any (BG) against pending one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) of Vodafone, the added.

"We request DoT not to adopt any such discriminatory, inconsistent and unfair stand against as compared to a completely opposite and favourable stand for Vodafone, and to instead release the of Rs 20 billion immediately," said.

The telecom department has demanded payment of Rs 39.76 billion for one time spectrum charge from India, and a of Rs 33.42 billion before it grants final approval for the merger.

RCom said that DoT has insisted on BGs against the disputed OTSC from the company at the time it approached the government for liberalising spectrum in 800 band in December 2015.

It said the DoT demanded BG despite the matter being sub-judice.

"Not only that, the DoT has unilaterally increased the original OTSC demand, without any hearing or process, based on subsequent auction prices," RCom alleged.

The led firm has alleged that OTSC dues of are to the tune of Rs 90 billion, which is around 4 times of RCom.

Telecom tribunal TDSAT on July 3 directed DoT to return BG of Rs 20 billion to RCom.

In the letter RCom asked DoT to release its BG as per direction of TDSAT without filing any petition on this matter before the

Email sent to RCom, Vodafone and DoT elicited no immediate reply on the issue.

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 19:26 IST