Budget after Budget, the Indian telcos and cellcos have been lobbying hard to bring down the government levies. In a pre-budget memorandum submitted by the telcos last year, they had requested the government to reduce annual revenue share or license fees from 6-10%[Metros & Circle-A 10%, Circle-B 8% and Circle-C 6%] to a flat 6%. Their request is likely to be obliged a year after. Indian telecom players pay the highest taxes in Asia [PPT].

Sources in the DoT have written to the IT ministry and the government is also looking at making the levies uniform with NLD/ILD operators at 6%.

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