Why outdated 2G service in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, asks Supreme Court

New Delhi, October 9: The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) against a plea seeking to quash an agreement for use of “outdated” 2G technology in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam – Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Monday issued notices to the Centre and BSNL as the petitioner NGO Telecom Watchdog claimed that 2G technology was used in these areas despite the fact that telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Department of Telecommunications had themselves said it was outdated, as quoted by NDTV.

The NGO Telecom Watchdog has challenged the Delhi High Court’s August 13 order by which its plea in the regard was dismissed. “The 2G and 3G technologies have already been declared by TRAI as ‘yester-years’ technology,” the plea stated.

The plea stated that the Telecom Commission had last year decided to have 2G+4G technology but excluded Arunachal Pradesh and Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao in Assam – for “no reason”.