India’s telcos are staring at shelling out almost ₹41,000 crore as additional spectrum usage charges if a case on the definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in the Supreme Court goes in the government’s favour.
That figure, calculated by the telecom department, will be on top of the $92,000 crore to be demanded from companies as licence fees and penalties. The government says AGR covers a telco’s entire revenue, while companies contend it should include only core services.Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea would account for almost 85% of the additional spectrum usage charges to be demanded.
 Airtel will owe it over $22,940 crore, including interest and penalties, while the dues of the entity formed by the merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India come to over $11,000 crore.