Reliance Jio Asks DoT to Cancel Licenses of Airtel, Vodafone India, and Idea Cellular for Paying Less License Fee

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has fired a fresh salvo at India’s leading telecom operators –Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular — alleging that they paid Rs 400 crore less in licence fee to the government for the January-March quarter, according to various media reports.


Jio has asked the telecom department (DoT) to levy penalties and even terminate the licences of these incumbents, besides seeking an inquiry against them.

In a letter to the authority, the 4G entrant said that these telecom operators unilaterally, wilfully and intentionally paid the advance license fee for last quarter” of 2016-17 on the basis of estimated adjusted gross revenue (AGR), which was much lower than the license stipulation to pay the license fee not less than the fee paid for the third quarter.

Jio added that any delay in punitive actions against them would set a bad precedent.

Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel paid around Rs 950 crore as the licence fee for January-March 2017, which Jio alleged was Rs 150 crore less than Rs 1,099.5 crore licence fee paid by the leading telecom operator for October-December 2017. On the other hand, Vodafone paid Rs 550 crore which was Rs 200 crore less as compared to Rs 746.8-crore licence fee it paid in the third quarter, Jio said.

Aditya Birla Group-led Idea Cellular paid Rs 60 crore less fee than Rs 609.4 crore paid in the previous quarter, Jio alleged.

A telco is required to pay the licence fee for January-March period based on expected adjusted gross revenue (AGR), but it should not be less than the fee paid for the third quarter of the same fiscal, according to rules set by the telecom department.

Jio argued that the licence fee the three paid in March was lower compared with what they did three months earlier.


The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), had earlier requested the government to allow the companies to pay the fee based on the estimated revenue for the last quarter because of their stressed financial condition. However, it is unclear if the demand has been approved.

“The said violation of the incumbent telecom service providers constitutes a willful and material breach, warranting stringent and punitive action,” Jio was quoted as saying by various media reports.

Jio also urged that department not to consider telcos’ request to make lower the licence fee payment. It said that such a move would be a gross violation of licence conditions and any relief will tantamount to rewarding a party in breach.

COAI has reportedly denied the allegation made by Reliance Jio. The industry body said that there would be no loss to the government as AGR will be trued up to actual in the subsequent quarter.

“These allegations are both mischievous and ironic, with no basis in fact, if what we’re hearing from the media is true. COAI is not in receipt of any such communication,” COAI Director General, Rajan S Mathews, was quoted as saying.

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May 25, 2017 12:30 am 12:30 AM

Jio started providing free voice and data to customers but why. Because of jio so many people loses there jobs in telecom services. WHY Ambani will not providing other commodities free to the customers.

May 25, 2017 11:56 pm 11:56 PM

Bcoz of jio people got new jobs in telecom. I see many job openings for jio. Why dont you see the other side of it.

Adithya Vardhan
May 24, 2017 12:10 am 12:10 AM

How can jio work on 2100 mHz?
I am shocked.

Sunny | Lucknow
May 24, 2017 10:46 am 10:46 AM

Bug in the app. I’ve seen it working on 700 MHz on a phone without band 28 support, lol.

Arif (Kolkata)
May 25, 2017 12:07 am 12:07 AM

Yeah i gave you the ss, remember?

May 24, 2017 9:49 am 9:49 AM

Why not?

May 24, 2017 9:05 am 9:05 AM


May 24, 2017 8:29 am 8:29 AM

May be they are using rcom signal. Rcom mostly use airtel and docomo 3g anyways. Rcom 3g is waste so better to use it as 4g.

Adithya Vardhan
May 24, 2017 1:58 pm 1:58 PM

Rcom uses aircel 3g not airtel 3g.

Abhishek chatterjee
May 24, 2017 5:55 am 5:55 AM

which phone ??
netvelocity kuch phn me suport nhi krta, usme aise wrong info show krne lagta hai..

Adithya Vardhan
May 24, 2017 1:57 pm 1:57 PM

I am using vivo v3 max which supports band 1.

May 24, 2017 10:53 pm 10:53 PM

Bhai ye vivo oppo ke phone lene ke baad sharam to nahi aati hogi???

Manoj Singh
May 25, 2017 10:26 am 10:26 AM

haan aati hai na, bilkul waisi hi jaise redmi lene pe aati hai….

May 25, 2017 6:04 am 6:04 AM

Lmao +1