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Mobile tower radiation below danger level: BTRC

Tests was conducted on 10 mobile towers in Mymensingh
STAFF REPORTER, DHAKA
Mobile tower radiation below danger level: BTRC

The level of radiation emitted by mobile phone towers in the country is not dangerous, according to a recent survey by the Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

The BTRC conducted tests on 10 mobile towers in Mymensingh region and found the radiation level within 0.5–0.7 watt per sq km. The radiation standard set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is 4.5 watt per sq km.

On April 25, the High Court (HC) directed the BTRC to submit a report on the impact of radiation from mobile phone towers on humans and the environment within four months. The HC also issued 11 directives to protect people, trees, and animals from harmful radiation from mobile phone towers.

The directives are: to maintain mobile tower radiation as per standards; not to install more mobile phone towers and also remove towers from rooftops of houses, schools, colleges, hospitals, clinics, jails, fields, residential areas, and heritage and archaeological sites; to take security measures to control radiation; formulate rules in acquiring land to install mobile phone towers; BTRC and license owners to independently measure radiation in compliance with ITU and IEC codes; replace over-radiated towers with new ones; BTRC to take responsibility for tower verification and monitoring tests; set up a BTRC cell to monitor threats against health; and to form an alternative dispute-resolution committee and that licence owners must submit reports every six months.

BTRC chairman Jahurul Haque told The Independent that the telecommunication watchdog has so far conducted tests on 10 mobile towers in the Mymensingh region on an experimental basis and found the radiation to be way below the danger level.

“We have handed over the report to the post, telecommunication and information technology ministry for scrutiny,”he said.

On his part, Mostafa Jabbar, minister for post, telecommunication and information technology, said he remains convinced by the BTRC report that the radiation emitted by mobile phone towers in Bangladesh is not dangerous. “However, conducting radiation tests on 10 towers is not good enough.

We need to conduct more tests, especially on towers located in ecologically sensitive areas like the Sundarbans and Lawachara forest,” he added.

At present, mobile phone operators in Bangladesh have over 35,000 towers. The total number of mobile phone subscribers in the country crossed 158 million by the end of February. This included the addition of 1.449 million new users in the first two months of this year, according to BTRC data.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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