Bangalore: Telecom operators, including BSNL and Bharti Airtel, owe the government 30,158.05 crore as outstanding spectrum charges, including the one-time fee and usage charges.
"The demand notices have been issued after the completion of assessment," Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in Parliament.
GSM operators owe 23,177.66 crore as one-time spectrum charges and 2,571.25 crore as outstanding spectrum usage charges, including penalty and interest, Deora said.
In the case of CDMA players, the outstanding one-time spectrum charges are to the tune of 2,970.29 crore and 1438.85 crore as spectrum usage charges.
State-run BSNL owes the maximum of 6,979.59 crore as spectrum charges, followed by Bharti Airtel with 6,075.28 crore. Vodafone has 4,477.19 crore outstanding while Idea owes 2,206.09 crore to the government.
Reliance Communications owes 2,004.35 crore and Tata Teleservices has dues of 1,400.43 crore, Deora added.
Apart from spectrum charges, telecom operators have 9,646.78 crore as outstanding licence fees, including interest.
Deora said, "All telecom operators are provided due opportunity by the department to represent against the assessed licence fee, spectrum charges, penalties and interest, if any."
He added if the operators are not satisfied with the stand taken by the department, they can approach the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.