It may be remembered that, the AUAB demanded soft loan from the government, for the Revival of BSNL. However, the DoT rejected this demand. Now, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which is representing Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, has demanded soft loan to the private telecom companies. In it’s letter dated 26.06.2020, the COAI has demanded soft loan at “Marginal Cost Lending Rate” (MCLR). The COAI has also demanded that the government should cut down of the Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) to 3% of the telecom company's AGR and also reduction of Licence Fee from 8% to 3% of the revenue. The COAI has told the government that, these measures viz., soft loan and the reduction of SUC and Licence Fee are necessary for the survival of private telecom companies.
When the AUAB demanded soft loan for the revival of BSNL, the government rejected. Now, let us see what the government is going to do with the demand of extending soft loan to private telecom companies.