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Delhi: With the 5G spectrum auction in India crossing Rs 1.50 lakh crore, the hashtag trended on Twitter and netizens accused of corruption.
A cabinet committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved 5G auctions in India months ago. Cell phone technology has evolved worldwide over the past 20 years.
If services are available through 5G bandwidth, we will get internet facilities 10 times faster than current 4G bandwidth and 30 times faster than 3G. India’s 5G trials have been successfully conducted in cities including Chennai.
In this situation, the auction for 5G spectrum started on 26th. Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone-Idea and Adani Group participated in the auction. The 5G auction will be held in 4 rounds on the first day. The Central Technology Department had informed that there was fierce competition between 4 companies in the 40 rounds of auctions completed so far.
Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that the companies demanded an unprecedented Rs 1.45 lakh crore on the first day of the auction, breaking the record of the 4G auction held in 2015. After the 40th round of auctions, the central government has received a total of Rs 1,50,173 crore so far.
It is in this context that Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has announced that it will provide better 5G services in India. The company said it has dominated all 22 rounds and won the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1800MHz, 3300MHz and 26GHz bands, of which the 700MHz band will help provide better 5G services.
Service in October
Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that the process for allotment of 5G spectrum to companies will be done on August 10 and 5G services will start in October. In this situation, he says that 5G service will be launched in India in October.
Allegation of corruption
Meanwhile, many people are making allegations on social media that there has been corruption in the 5G auction. The hashtag #5G_Scam_Bjp has been posted by thousands of people on Twitter. Many people say that while the central government was expected to get 4.3 lakh crore rupees through this auction, it has now received only 1.5 lakh crore rupees. Many criticize the 2G auction complaint in 2012 by comparing it with this.
Netizens allege corruption in 5G and trending hashtag on Twitter:
Story first published: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 0:56 [IST]
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