Indian Base Station emissions levels below International Standards

Editor Mobile

According to a survey commissioned by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI), radio emissions from mobile phone towers in Delhi, India have been found to be hundreds of times below international safety standards.

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (IITM), Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai (TCE) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, Chennai (CEWIT), while carrying out measurements on electromagnetic radiation at over 180 locations in New Delhi found that in all circumstances, the Cumulative Measurements were well below the compliance limit set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), adopted by the Government for the Telecom sector in India, bringing it at par to International safety standards.

While adopting international standards on public health and safety in 2008, companies in India must by law adhere to prescribed limits for Base Station Antennae for general public exposure.

The study measured cumulative emissions within the 800 to 2000MHZ band of frequency (which includes both GSM and CDMA technologies) across in the nation’s capital using calibrated equipment, as per the Dot prescribed procedure in line with the ICNIRP specifications.. The basic restrictions/proper limits for power density specified in ICNIRP guidelines for safe frequencies between 400 to 2000 MHz are as follows:

Type of Exposure 900MHz(inW/m2) 1800MHz (in W/m2)
Occupational 22.5 45
General Public 4.5 9

?According to Prof. P.R.Goundan, Joint Director Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, Chennai,it is one of the first studies carried out in the Indian environment to assess the level of emissions from the Mobile Towers. They are happy to note that the cumulative emissions are well below the prescribed limits and that service providers in India are in compliance with set safety norms.

The study was commissioned in tandem by COAI and AUSPI as a response to growing public concern over myths associated with the emissions from the cellular mobile towers and its alleged health effects on the human body.

EditorIndian Base Station emissions levels below International Standards