Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the world Radio Communication conferences
allocates spectrum frequencies for the use of various countries. Allocations
are made on a regional basis and for different types of service. It is
mandatory for all administrations to adhere to these allocations. Each member
country submits its proposal to ITU, based on their requirements and priorities
for opening of the bands. During the conference all the proposals are discussed
and decisions are taken for opening of the bands for new services or extension
of the existing bands.
Spectrum allocations are necessary in order to ensure interference free
operation for each radio service. Each frequency band is shared amongst various
radio services. Spectrum charges are based upon the band width used by the
operator. Spectrum charges for microwave frequencies in respect of GSM based
systems are based on revenue sharing.
DoT has delegated the power to CCA offices regarding collection of GSM spectrum
charges on 1 April, 2004, CDMA spectrum charges on 01 April, 2005 and spectrum
charges from BSNL/MTNL from1July,2005.
Spectrum is deposited by the operator on Actual quarterly basis from 1
quarter of FY 2018-19. In case the amount paid after self-assessment by an
operator falls short by over 10 % of the payable spectrum charges, a penalty of
50% of the short payment is payable.
collected category wise for the year 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18
Category of license