Department of Telecommunications Launches Portal for Information on Mobile Tower Radiation (Download PDF)

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Department of Telecom (DoT) will launch in a month a portal ‘Tarang Sanchar’ that will help users get checked the radiation level of mobile towers and transmitters across the country in a month. Radiation from mobile towers did not have any adverse impact on human health.

Image of the Mobile Tower

Image of the Mobile Tower

Image of the Mobile Tower

Highlights:

  • Allow tracking of radiation emitted from mobile towers within their locality and check for their compliance with the Electromagnetic field (EMF) emission norms defined by the government.
  • The web portal is aimed at myths and misconceptions about mobile towers and emissions from them.
  • The portal has the complete collated technical details of over 14.5 lakh base stations spread across the country of all technologies (2G, 3G, and 4G) and of all telecom service providers (TSPs).
  • The portal will also allow users to get a tower or base station checked for radiation emission for a fee of Rs. 4, 000.
  • The EMF Portal is designed to provide a public interface where an easy map-based search feature has been provided for viewing the mobile towers in vicinity of any locality.
  • Plan to roll out around 1, 00, 000 towers during the next one year to meet capacity and coverage requirements across the country.
  • The government has categorically stated that the mobile tower emissions rules in India are 10 times more stringent than the global norms.
  • These are 10 times more stringent than those framed by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
  • The ICNIRP pegs permissible tower emission at 4.5 watts/sq m in popular 900 MHz band.

Electromagnetic Field (EMF)

  • Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting.
  • EMFs are typically characterized by wavelength or frequency into one of two radioactive categories:

    • Non-ionizing
    • Ionizing

Table of Contant shows Two Radioactive Categories

Table of Contant shows Two Radioactive Categories

Radiation Type

Definition

Forms of Radiation

Source Examples

Non-Ionizing

Low to mid-frequency radiation which is generally perceived as harmless due to its lack of potency.

  • Extremely Low Frequency (ELF)
  • Radiofrequency (RF)
  • Microwaves
  • Visual Light

  • Microwave ovens
  • Computers
  • House energy smart meters
  • Wireless (wifi) networks
  • Cell Phones
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Power lines
  • MRIs

Ionizing

Mid to high-frequency radiation which can, under certain circumstances, lead to cellular and or DNA damage with prolonged exposure.

  • Ultraviolet (UV)
  • X-Rays
  • Gamma

  • Ultraviolet light
  • X-Rays
  • Some gamma rays

- Published/Last Modified on: May 15, 2017

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