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JS Deepak, Union Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications and Information Technology, has dispelled fears that telecommunication towers are create health hazards for people. Deepak addressed a public outreach and awareness programme organised under the aegis of the Department of Telecommunications on Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Emissions and Mobile Towers in Dehradun today. He said telecom towers were critical installations that were the backbone of wireless communication in the country. He admitted that… Read More

In a report presented by a 13-member committee constituted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), it’s concluded that the mobile tower radiation is harmless. India has has adopted ten times more stringent measures than the International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which account for thermal and non-thermal effects, said the report. “Radio frequency fields are among the most highly researched potential hazards. There are thousands of papers in literature and… Read More

Originally published in The Times of India Seeking to link the call drop problem with the campaign by some NGOs against mobile towers, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the so-called radiation from such towers has never been an issue for these organisations in the US, Europe or even China. Prasad said misplaced concerns of mobile tower radiation could seriously jeopardise India’s path to greatness as seamless mobility could be affected… Read More

Union Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, launched a background paper on EMF emissions from mobile towers Mumbai: Telecom experts and doctors of international repute in a joint conference on ‘Electromagnetic Emissions in Mobile Telephony and its Health Impact’ at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi on Thursday said that electromagnetic emissions from mobile towers are not linked to health hazards as has been found by years of scientific research. The conference… Read More

Mobiles, smartphones have become more than a necessity today – most of the work and personal activities are quite well entrenched in a smartphone or a mobile today. And as smartphone connectivity eventually happens through a mobile tower – it is also an integral part of the connectivity chain. Mobile or cellular phones are now an integral part of modern telecommunications. In many countries, over half the population use mobile phones and… Read More

Every piece of technology has its pros and cons. And that leads to the rise of rumours, and in turn the facts get buried under the dearth. Over the last couple of years, the mobile network technology has advanced from just being able to make calls to supporting blazing fast speeds + crystal clear sound. But no matter how advanced it is today, it’s growth has had speculations that it harms us and… Read More

Originally published in Money Control: “A number of judgments delivered by the High Courts in Gujarat, Kerala, Allahabad, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have ruled that there is no conclusive evidence to prove that EMF radiation emitted from mobile towers has adverse effects on health. Thus, they cannot potentially harm humans,” TRAI Advisor (B&CS) Agneshwar Sen said. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) experts have claimed that radiation from electro-magnetic fields (EMF) of… Read More

Electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures from mobile towers and their consequent health hazards have been the point of debate in the scientific community for a long time now. A 13-member committee constituted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), cleared the air in a report on Monday. TRAI stated that after a detailed examination of 25,000-plus studies, ‘no conclusive evidence of adverse effect of EMF radiation’ on human… Read More

Radio frequency radiation from mobile towers and phones is minuscule—one-thousandth to one-millionth of an eV! It means mobile tower radiation is lakhs of times weaker than X-rays or UV rays, even visible light. Radiation. The very word is like a bell tolling—ringing in irrational concern and conjuring images of Chernobyl or Fukushima. So, when we hear of mobile tower antennas transmitting radio frequency radiation, concerns arise in the common man. Luckily, nothing… Read More

The government and sector regulator TRAI have blamed telcos and tower firms for call drops and are mulling penalties while the industry has countered by accusing the states, local bodies and belligerent resident welfare associations (RWAs) of thwarting telecom infrastructure expansion by wrongly claiming that cell tower radiation is harmful. Even as the blamegame over call drops intensifies, ET has put together few pointers based on the industry, DoT and World Health… Read More