Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea seek financial relief from Indian government

India’s private telecom operators – Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio – have dialed the Ministry of Finance seeking financial relief and measures to lower the impact on Covid-19 pandemic on their respective operations. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) is a representative body of private telecom operators. The telecom operators through their body also urged the government to exempt the levy of GST on License Fees, Spectrum Usage Charges and Payment of Spectrum acquired in auctions. Telecom operators said that they have invested and will continue to invest significantly in the telecom infrastructure (CAPEX and OPEX). The investment, they said, enabled them to meet the increased demand for telecom services as people continue to work from home, which has increased the load exponentially on their respective networks.

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