Here are 10 things to know about the tariff hike by telecom companies:
Reliance Jio announced revised tariff plans for its mobile customers on the same day.
Reliance Jio said its "all-in-one" plans will come into effect from December 6. The new plans will be priced up to 40 per cent higher and will include more benefits for the customers, it added.
The tariff hikes will enable the telecom companies to protect their profitability after huge provisions for settling their AGR dues with the DoT hurt their balance sheets, say analysts.
In a major ruling in October, the Supreme Court rejected telecom companies' appeal against the government's definition of AGR, allowing the telecom department to recover dues worth Rs 1.33 lakh crore from Airtel, Vodafone Idea and RCom.
The verdict came as a huge relief for the telecom department and as a big setback for the telecom operators reeling under heavy debt.
Reliance Jio Infocomm - the telecom arm of Reliance Industries - however reported a net profit of Rs 990 crore for the second quarter of 2019-20.
The DoT and the mobile carriers have been at odds over the definition of AGR. The companies argue that AGR should comprise just revenue accrued from core services, while the DoT says AGR should include all revenue.
Telecom providers in the country pay the telecom department nearly 3-5 per cent of their adjusted gross revenue in usage charges for spectrum or airwaves and 8 per cent of AGR as licence fees.