Mobile towers radio waves below danger limits: PTA -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Mobile towers radio waves below danger limits: PTA

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Thursday announced that radio waves emitted from the Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) were below the prescribed danger limits.

Following reservations from environmentalists, the survey was conducted in collaboration with Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) throughout Pakistan and AJ&K using special equipment to check the emission of power level from transmitters and receivers of Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs)/Towers installed by cellular mobile companies.

The survey was conducted in Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Sibi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Results showed that the power level of BTSs was below the prescribed danger limits and in line with the policy directives of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in its statement that the impression, regarding hazardous effects on human health by radiation from the towers was incorrect because towers were installed and were working within the specified parameters defined by the regulator as well as the international bodies monitoring the issue.

This exercise was undertaken on the directions of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman, Dr Mohammed Yaseen who said that the authority was cognizant of this issue because it directly related to the health of general public.

He said the authority would keep monitoring the emissions of radiations from towers to ensure that specific standards were met.
Source: Dawn
Date:8/27/2010