Heard, and overheard

Feb 17 2011   8:09AM GMT

Overheard talking about the 2G spectrum controversy

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“I wish to assure the country as a whole our government is dead serious to bring to book all the wrongdoers regardless of their position in 2G spectrum, CWG, ISRO and Adarsh scams.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, PM breaks silence on 2G scam, other issues

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is 4G.

While advertisers in the United States are battling it out in the media by promoting their latest products as being 4G — which technically is not even possible yet because 4G standards don’t exist — the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is investigating the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for selling 2G mobile Internet spectrum back in 2005 without a proper bidding process.

Wharton has an interesting overview of the financial fallout caused by the questionable bidding process.

Dig deeper into the technology itself:

> Lisa Phifer provides a history lesson for those of us who want to learn more about the history of 1G, 2G and 3G.

> Learn why Carriers must support legacy 2G/3G gear long after 4G networks go live

> To put all the mobile standards in perspective, here’s a handy Fast Guide to Mobile technologies

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