Spectrum Usage Charges (SUC) – Overview.

A spectrum usage charge is payable by the licensees providing mobile access services, as a percentage of their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR). Spectrum usage charges is payable as per the spectrum slabs/ rates notified by the Government from time to time.

The present spectrum usage charges are mentioned below:

SCHEDULE A. Charges for GSM operators

Spectrum Slab
% of AGR
Up to 4.4 MHz 3%
Up to 6.2 MHz 4%
Up to 8.2 MHz 5%
Up to 10.2 MHz 6%
Up to 12.2 MHz 7%
Up to 15.2 MHz 8%


SCHEDULE B. Charges for CDMA operators

Spectrum Slab % of AGR
Up to 5 MHz 3%
Up to 6.25 MHz 4%
Up to 7.5 MHz 5%
Up to 10 MHz 6%
Up to 12.5 MHz 7%
Up to 15 MHz 8%

 

SCHEDULE C. Charges for 3G spectrum

Licence category Licence category Licence category
UAS/ CMTS
with GSM
only
UAS with
CDMA only
UAS with
dual tech
(GSM +
CDMA)
Revenues
from these
services to be
added to
applicable
AGR and
spectrum
charges as per
Schedule A to
apply
Revenues
from these
services to be
added to
applicable
AGR and
spectrum
charges as per
Schedule B to
apply
Revenues
from these
services to be
added to
applicable
AGR and
spectrum
charges as per
Schedule A &
Schedule B to
apply


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE D. Charges for BWA spectrum

Licensees using BWA Spectrum need to pay 1% of AGR from services using this spectrum as annual spectrum charge irrespective of the licence held by them. Such revenue would be required to be reported separately.

BASIS OF COMPUTATION OF SUC

The following are the basis of computation of the annual spectrum charges:


• Applicable (Adjusted Gross Revenue) AGR shall be computed in accordance with the provisions of the relevant service Licence;


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