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17 December 2010

2G Spectrum Scam: Does India live in a Scam Raj? ...NDTV...

2G Spectrum Scam: Does India live in a Scam Raj? ...NDTV...

The country has witnessed many cases of corruption, the latest being the 2G spectrum scam. On the show, we debate whether corruption has become a way of life in the country...

2G stands for for second generation (2nd Gen): 
  • 1st Gen = Analog 
  • 2nd Gen = Digital
2G is an abbriviation for second-generation wireless telephone technology.  Second generation 2G cellular telecom networks were commercially launched on the GSM standard in Finland in the year 1991. Three primary benefits of 2G digital networks over the conventional analog technology were that phone conversations were digitally encrypted; 2G systems were significantly more efficient on the spectrum allowing for far greater mobile phone penetration levels.

After 2G was launched, the previous mobile telephone systems were retrospectively dubbed 1G (1st Gen). While radio signals on 1G networks are analog, and on 2G networks are digital, both systems use digital signaling to connect the radio towers to the rest of the telephone system.

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