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There is misconception that my lawsuit is against 5G: Juhi

Actress Juhi Chawla Mehta, who has filed a lawsuit in Delhi High Court on the health risks associated with 5G telecom technology, says there has been a general misconception that her suit is against the technology. The actress said concerned authorities should make public all data associated with the technology, in order to clear the air.

Juhi Chawla Mehta shared: “There seems to be a general misconception that our present suit filed in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court is against 5G technology. We wish to clarify here and once again very clearly state, we are NOT against 5G technology. However, we seek from the Government and the governing authorities, to certify to us and, therefore, to the public at large, that 5G technology is safe to humankind, man, woman, adult, child, infant, animals and every type of living organism, to flora, and to fauna.”

Talking about lack of studies on radiofrequency radiation, the actress further stated: “Having written to several concerned government authorities since 2010, making a presentation to the 53rd Parliamentary Standing Committee 2013-2014, filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Mumbai High Court 2015, found there has been no substantial movement in the EMF radiation matters, whatsoever. In 2019, on enquiring from the Ministry of Telecommunications, Government of India, I was informed in writing vide reply under the RTI Act that no studies have been conducted with regards to RF radiation, even as of today.”

“Since prevention is well-accepted to be far better than cure, immediate measures must be taken to protect humanity and the environment, and for which all I am asking is for the concerned authorities to show me the data,” she added.

The plea filed by Chawla, Veeresh Malik and Teena Vachani contended that the levels of RF radiation are 10 to 100 times greater than the existing levels. It claims that the 5G wireless technology can be a potential threat to provoke irreversible and serious effects on humans and it could also permanently damage the earth’s ecosystems.

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Juhi Chawla files suit against 5G implementation in India

Actress Juhi Chawla has filed a suit against the implementation of 5G in India. She says that while she is not against technology and uses it as well, she feels that its important to address the problems it causes to the environment.

“We are not against the implementation of technological advancements. On the contrary, we enjoy using the latest products that the world of technology has to offer, including in the field of wireless communications. 

“However, whilst using the latter kind of devices, we are in a constant dilemma, because after doing our own research and studies regarding the RF radiation from wire-free gadgets and network cell towers, we have sufficient reason to believe that the radiation is extremely harmful and injurious to the health and safety of the people,” she said.

The actress’ argument revolves around the belief that if the telecommunications industry’s plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are 10x to 100x times greater than what exists today. These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth’s ecosystems.

These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth’s ecosystems, she said.

Chawla said if the telecommunication industry’s plans for 5G come to fruition, “no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are 10x to 100x times greater than what exists today”.

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India spectrum auction gets bids of Rs 77,810 crore, Jio leads

New Delhi: The spectrum auction 2021 in India concluded with the government receiving total bids worth Rs 77,814.80 crore.

“The value of spectrum for which there are winning bids is Rs 77,814.80 crore. Incremental bids for Rs 668.20 crore were made on Tuesday,” said Anshu Prakash, Secretary in the Department of Telecommunications.

Prakash said that bidding took place for spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands. The total quantity of spectrum for which right to use has been acquired in these bands is 855.60 MHz.

Three bidders – Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) – participated in the auction. Reliance Jio Infocomm was by far the biggest bidder with 488.35 MHZ of spectrum acquired for Rs 67,122 crore.

Spectrum Usage Charges (SUC) for the spectrum acquired in this auction will be payable at the rate of 3 percent of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of the licensee, excluding revenue from wireline services.

These provisional results are subject to scrutiny and approval by the government.

Reliance Jio announced that it has successfully acquired the right to use spectrum in all 22 circles across India in the recently concluded spectrum auction.

RJIL has the highest amount of sub-GHz spectrum with 2X10MHz contiguous spectrum in most circles. It also has at least 2X10MHz in 1800MHz band and 40MHz in 2300MHz band in each of the 22 circles.

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Need to ensure timely rollout of 5G: Modi to industry

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that all stakeholders in the telecom sector along with the government will have to work together to ensure a timely roll-out of the fifth generation technology.

Addressing the India Mobile Congress (IMC), Modi urged the industry to work together to make India a global hub for telecom equipment, design development and manufacturing.

“Let us work together to make India a global hub for telecom equipment, design, development and manufacturing,” he said.

PM Modi said that it is because of mobile technology that benefits worth billions of dollars were available to millions of Indians. He added that it is because of mobile technology that the government was able to help the poor and vulnerable “quickly” during the pandemic.

“It is because of mobile technology that we are seeing billions of cashless transactions which boost formalization and transparency. It is because of mobile technology that we will enable a smooth contactless interface on toll booths,” the Prime Minister told the industry participants.

Commending the telecom and technology players amid the pandemic and the lockdown, Modi said that it was because of the efforts of the industry and its innovations that the world was functional even during the pandemic, including connectivity, education and business and other operations.

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FCC head Ajit Pai welcomes move to boost 5G adoption in US

Washington: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has applauded plans to auction off 100 megahertz (MHz) of mid-band spectrum in the country that will boost the 5G adoption in the US which is lagging behind China and South Korea.

The White House and Department of Defense said that the 3.45-3.55 GHz band (which is the mid-band spectrum) will be made available for next-generation, commercial wireless services.

“I commend the President and Department of Defense for today’s announcement that the 3.45-3.55 GHz band will be made available for commercial 5G deployment. This is a key milestone in securing United States leadership in 5G,” Pai said in a statement.

The US had dedicated 100 MHz of mid-band spectrum for military purposes to date.

The operators can now use the 5G spectrum in order to enhance the network coverage in the country. The FCC would auction this spectrum to Verizon Communications and AT&T from December 2021.

Mid-band spectrum is seen as vital for 5G, because it offers both geographic coverage and the capacity to transmit large amounts of data.

“Together with the spectrum being made available for 5G in the C-band as well as the 3.5 GHz band, we are now on track to have a 530-megahertz swath of mid-band spectrum available for 5G from 3.45 to 3.98 GHz, Pai informed.

US wireless industry group CTIA welcomed the announcement.

“Opening up this critical block of mid-band spectrum for full power commercial operations will enhance U.S. competitiveness in the 5G ecosystem,” CTIA said in a statement.

The US FCC in July designated Chinese telecom companies Huawei (a leader in 5G technology) and ZTE as national security risks to America’s communications networks.

According to a White House statement, the 100 megahertz of contiguous, coast-to-coast mid-band spectrum will be made available for commercial 5G deployment.

“This spectrum will give Americans access to the greatest 5G networks in the world, leading to cutting-edge innovation, economic prosperity, and strong national security,” said the White House.

The US wireless industry will be able to build and operate 5G networks nationwide using the 3.45-3.55 GHz band.

In March, Trump issued the ‘National Strategy to Secure 5G’, which outlined his vision for America to lead the development, deployment, and management of secure and reliable 5G communications infrastructure worldwide.

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Don’t have money to pay our employees, Vodafone tells SC

New Delhi: Vodafone Idea on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the total demand of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues it faces is Rs 50,000 crore, plus the interest and the penalty, but currently, the telecom company does not even have enough money to pay salaries to its employees and meet its expenses.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Vodafone Idea, told a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, S. Abdul Nazeer and M.R. Shah said: “Total demand of Rs 50,000 crore plus interest plus interest, penalty we can’t give… we don’t have enough money even to pay our employees and meet our expenses.”

Rohatgi also argued before the bench that the telecom company is also unable to give any bank guarantee. According to the Center’s calculation, Vodafone Idea owes nearly Rs 53,000 crore, which includes interests and penalties for non-payment of statutory dues.

During the hearing, Rohatgi contended before the bench that the dues are extremely huge and urged the apex court to allow him to file an affidavit in three or four days.

The bench asked the telecom operators, including Vodafone Idea, to file their response, within five days, regarding the roadmap to clear the AGR dues.

Vodafone’s counsel contended before the bench that it is not possible to give bank guarantee for Rs 50,000 crore AGR dues, but says that its spectrum and license could be taken as security.

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