Monday, July 20, 2009

Three telecom operators under government scanner

he government has sought clarification from three private sector telecom operators for not reporting income from selling handsets along with their connections, a union minister said Monday.

"The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sought clarification from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Esar and Idea Cellular for not showing income from bundling handsets along with connections, for the purpose of calculating revenue share payable to the exchequer," Minister of State for Communications and IT Gurudas Kamat told the Lok Sabha.

Kamat said the operators have said that they were not selling handsets directly and hence "there is no revenue earned under this head".

However, the special audit, ordered by the government last week to check whether leading private telecom players misreported their revenues, will take the issue into account, the minister said.

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