Indian state-owned companies to receive refund on 4G spectrum

India's federal cabinet will allow Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), the country’s only state-owned telecoms companies, to return their 4G spectrum.

Refunds total 112.6 billion rupees ($1.8 billion) and it is thought the move is intended to improve the position of both companies.

BSNL will receive 67.24 billion rupees and MTNL will get a refund of 45.34 billion rupees, with the payments staggered over a period of time.

Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari revealed the information following a meeting with the cabinet yesterday.

BSNL and MTNL received spectrum in 2010, but have not yet launched services in the space.