The Indian Telecom Sector – Was it Ever 'Clean'?
Now : Over to the 2G Spectrum Scam. What is it in a nutshell?
What are the charges levied by CAG on the Telecom Ministry?
(a) by underpricing second generation (2G) spectrum,
(b) By allowing companies to use two competing technologies — the global system of mobile (GSM) communications and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology — using the same license and
(c) By allocating more spectrum to companies than what their licenses specified, the total loss to the country could be as much as Rs. 30,984.55 crore.
A tabular listing of all the companies involved in the loss to the country of Rs 30,984.55 crore as per CAG & CBI:
|Company||Licenses Issued1||Share(Rs. in Crores)||% Share||Named in Charge-sheet|
|Tata||3 CDMA; 19 GSM (Dual)||4,930.66||15%||NO|
|Unitech Wireless||22 GSM||4,441.05||14%||Yes|
|Reliance||14 GSM (Dual)||3,379.58||11%||NO|
|Shyam||21 CDMA; 1 GSM (Dual)||2,650.03||9%||NO|
|HFCL||1 GSM (Dual)||241.40||1%||NO|
|Total Amount (Rs./Crores)||30,984.552||100%|
Percentage share of Companies charge-sheeted – 22%
Percentage share of Companies not charge-sheeted – 78%