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18 February, 2020 12:14:56 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 February, 2020 04:06:48 PM
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BTRC finds mobile tower radiation not harmful to human health

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
BTRC finds mobile tower radiation not harmful to human health

The level of radiation emitted by the mobile phone towers is not harmful to human health and the environment, said a senior official of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). BTRC Commissioner Md Aminul Hasan said this yesterday while citing primary findings of a survey carried out by the telecom regulator.

“A BTRC survey to measure and examine the level of radiation emitted by mobile phone towers is underway. Primary findings didn’t find anything risky for human health and the environment,” he added.

He was talking at a discussion organised by the BTRC in association with the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) at a hotel in the capital.

“Rumours are doing the rounds about tower radiation. This is utterly baseless. We’ve already confirmed this to the government, private companies, and building owners and asked them not to get scared,” said Hasan.

"The High Court (HC) instructed us to submit a report on the matter. We’ll submit it before the court soon,” he added.

“The standard permissible amount of radiation exposure from a mobile network tower is below the level of international standard of 2.106 w/sqm, which is specified as a safety threshold by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). In the survey, radiation safety standards were set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). So, there is no reason to get scared,” explained the BTRC commissioner.

Dr Satya Prasad Majumder, professor at the electrical and electronic engineering department of BUET, Brig. Gen. Md Shahidul Alam, director general of the Spectrum Division of BTRC, Dr Shamsuzzoha, deputy director of the Engineering and Operations Division of BTRC, and SM Nazmul Hasan, director (marketing) Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh), took part in the discussion.

The programme was conducted by Brig. Gen. SM Farhad (retd), who is secretary general of the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB). Senior officials of the mobile industry were also present on the occasion.

Md Aminul Hasan said: “We have conducted the mobile tower radiation survey and examined its impact in many places across the country. The survey will be continued to be carried out in future. You know that the radiation emitted from mobile towers has been found to be very satisfactory, which we regularly publish on the BTRC website. If you want to get better services in future, there is no other option but to set up more mobile sites.”

Presenting the keynote paper at the discussion, Dr Shamsuzzoha said: “There are two types of radiation—ionising and non-Ionising. Ionising radiation is harmful to health, including nuclear waste, ultraviolet rays of the sun, gamma-rays, or x-rays. They are capable of modifying DNA levels in the body."

"On the other hand, mobile radiation is non-Ionising. Its strength is very low, so it has no health risks. There are national and international specific standards regarding the EMF radiation of appliances used in mobile towers. We have found that the radiation from mobile towers in the country is below the minimum prescribed limit," he continued.

“We’ve conducted surveys in many areas of Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, the Sundarbans, Feni, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur, Jamalpur etc. So far, there has been no radiation more than the standard limit,” he said. "If there were sufficient numbers of well-planned towers, it would have scattered the radi

ation of low energy, which is much safer. We hope public confusion over this matter will be removed. I have seen bird nests on several towers while carrying out the survey. These birds have been there and started breeding for a long time. Many gardens have been there on the roof and they’re producing good vegetablesm” he added.

Prof. Majumder said: “The BTRC has been conducting the survey on mobile tower radiation across the country. The radiation is found below the international standard, which is very satisfying. The rumour over tower radiation needs to be removed because we’ve to move ahead with technology.”

He called on the BTRC to continue the survey and take steps to eliminate public misperception. “Public misconception will be removed if continuous surveying and publishing are conducted,” he added.

Brig. Gen. SM Farhad (retd) said: “We’ll need more sites for the 5G technology. So, there is no reason to halt technology just by getting scared. Otherwise, we’ll fall far behind.”

“Some people feel their health is at risk due to the rooftop towers and ask to remove those towers. We assure them that the radiation from the mobile tower does not do any harm to public health and environment. Mobile operators of Bangladesh use the same technology as used all over the world,” he said.

Nazmul Hasan said: “We ensure international standards and do thorough testing accordingly. Moreover, we are provided with certifications from various international standardisation organisations. Internationally, we provide the same equipment for any operator. The planning and on-field deployment is orchestrated by the operator that abides by the rules of the land.”

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