COAI-GSPCB study finds mobile towers in Goa safe

The mobile towers erected in the state are safe as the electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from the antennae mounted atop these towers are on an average five per cent of the upper limits allowed by the department of telecommunications (DoT).

Safe Mobile Tower, Goa

A joint inspection and study by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) on Monday in the Patto area of the capital city revealed that the average radiations from the four towers inspected measured five per cent of the limits set by the DoT.

Addressing the media, COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said that as per the guidelines of DoT, the upper limit for radiations from cellular service provider towers should not cross 450 milliwatts/per square meter (mw/m2). However, the radiation counts measured 20.41 mw/m2 at the MICE institute, 7.50 mw/m2 atop Shramashakti Bhavan, 12.28 mw/m2 atop Ambrosia towers and 28.57 mw/m2 radiation was measured from the tower at Goa Tourism Development Corporation.

As an expression of endorsement that the cell tower radiation is not harmful, Mathews said that apart from the government making available its buildings for erecting the antennae, a tower has been erected even in the highly-secure and important residence of the first citizen of the country, the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Stating that quality of service (QoS) levels for all operators in Goa is in conformity with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) mandated QoS benchmark, Mathews said that the quantity of call drops was less than or equal to 2 per cent of the total voice calls. “If the cell tower call drops are more than 3 per cent then the company is liable for remedial action,” he added.

The COAI DG further informed that though the mobile connectivity has been increasing and requires more towers, locals in the areas of Porvorim, Siolim, Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Santa Cruz, Merces, Dramapur, Varca, Borda, Benaulim, Sancoale, Nagoa, Loutolim and Colva have been opposing erection of towers. “Call drops in these areas have been found to be the most,” he added.

To improve the facilities, Mathews said, “More than 1,200 cell sites need to be added to the current total of 3,500 cell sites to facilitate efficient network quality and better connectivity for residents and as well as for tourists who visit Goa every year.”

The article was published in The Navhind Times. Read the original article here.

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