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The country's biggest private telecommunication operator Bharti Airtel has paid around Rs 1,177.48 crore to the administration during the first quarterly period ended June 2011 toward license charge and spectrum usage fees, more than any other service provider.
Data compiled by telecom watchdog TRAI stated that the company paid Rs 755.22 crore in licence charges and Rs 422.26 crore as spectrum fees for the three month period ended June 30 of the 2011-12 fiscal year.
In the meantime, novel players such as Etisalat, Unitech Wireless, Loop, STel and Sistema Shyam Teleservices - who got the spectrum (radio waves) in the year 2008 - paid Rs 80.78 crore in spectrum charges and licence fees to the administration.
Bharti was accompanied by Vodafone Essar that paid a joint sum of Rs 702.34 crore toward spectrum fees and licence charges in the first quarter.
Besides, the two state-owned firms BSNL and MTNL paid about Rs 612.23 crore in spectrum charges and licence fees in April-June quarter.
Other private players, which paid spectrum fees and licence charges to the administration, comprise Idea Cellular, which paid Rs 497.94 crore, Tata Teleservices paid around Rs 308.38 crore and Reliance Comm made a payment of Rs 263.27 crore.