Vodafone Idea gets show cause notice for non-payment of licence fee

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued a show cause notice to Vodafone Idea for non-payment of licence fee for the last quarter of the recently concluded financial year. Vodafone Idea, the only loss-making private telecom operator, has not paid the licence fee for seven circles: Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (East) and Orissa, as per the DoT’s April 7 notice. The telco hasn’t paid fee for national long distance licences, the department said in its show-cause notice. Notably, the department can invoke the telco’s bank guarantees and cancel its licence for flouting licence conditions under the licensing conditions. The telco had paid Rs 1,367 crore ($184.73 million) as licence fee and spectrum usage charges for the same quarter of the previous year (FY20).

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