DoT asked to furnish 4G implementation status four and a half years after spectrum allocation

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The 4G spectrum had been last allocated almost four and half years ago and this has prompted the CAG to furnish the accurate roll-out status of the 4G technology by the respective entities.

The guidelines say that the bidders are expected to roll-out services within 5 years of spectrum allocation. According to the auction, bidders are expected to provide 90% coverage in the metro areas and 50% in rural area. If the entity fails to meet out the conditions then the 4G spectrum will be rolled back.

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In totality six companies won the auction for the 4G services way back in 2010 and a whopping Rs. 35000 crore was raised through this auction. Airtel acquired the chipmaker giant Qualcomm subsidiary and in return it also got hold of the spectrum from the company in regions spread across Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana. Infotel, a company that has been acquired by Reliance and now is called Reliance Jio is the only entity that has a Pan India license.

Airtel has the largest footprint currently when it comes to 4G implementation and the entire 4G operation in India will gain a huge momentum once Reliance Jio launches in the first quarter of 2015

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.

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