The association has also urged the government to rationalise the "high burden of the regulatory levies on the TSPs with immediate effect" citing "the adverse impact on the economy and operations of the digital communication industry due to the Covid-19 pandemic".
"The effective rate of the spectrum usage charge (SUC) should be reduced by 3 per cent for all the telecom service providers...licence fee contribution should be immediately brought down from 8 per cent to 3 per cent," Mathews said.
On the issue of goods and service tax
(GST) or service tax, COAI
said levy of GST should be exempted on licence fees, SUC and payment of spectrum acquired in auctions.
"Exempt service tax on amount of licence fee/spectrum usage charges payable by telecom operators
in compliance with...Supreme Court order," COAI said.
COAI highlighted that it represents all leading telecom service providers, network equipment manufacturers, e-commerce, digital content providers, infrastructure providers and technology partners.
All leading players in these sectors, including Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel, Nokia, Ericsson, Sterlite, Indus, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Amazon, are members of COAI.