Mobile exposure to radiation not harmful to health or the environment: BTRC

| Update:
Feb. 17, 2020, 6:50 p.m.

The level of radiation currently emitted by the country’s mobile phone towers is not harmful to human health and the environment, the telecommunications regulator said.

Citing an investigation they conducted into the towers, the Director General (SM) of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Brigadier General Shahidul Alam said:. So there is no reason to be afraid. “

He was speaking Monday during a discussion on “the measurement of the radiation of the tower and a recent investigation” at a Sonargaon hotel in the city of Dhaka.

Senior BTRC officials, a researcher from Buet and representatives of the mobile industry were also present at the discussion, UNB reported.

BTRC commissioner Aminul Hasan said they have already conducted the mobile tower radiation survey and looked at its effects in many places around the country and noted that the investigation will continue in the future. .

He said the “rumors” of the towers’ radiation are “completely unfounded,” adding that the telecommunications regulator has already informed the government, private companies and building owners. “We asked [the stakeholders] don’t be afraid, ”he said.

Hasan said the High Court asked them to submit a report on the matter, which will be filed soon.

Dr Shamsuzzoha, Deputy Director of the Engineering and Operations Division of BTRC, introduced the guidance document during the discussion. Radiation is of two types – ionizing and non-ionizing. Ionizing radiation is harmful to health.

But mobile radiation is non-ionizing, which is very weak. “So there is no risk to health. There are specific national and international standards for electromagnetic radiation from devices used in mobile towers, and we have found that the radiation from mobile towers in the country is below the prescribed minimum limit, ”he noted.

He said the BTRC had carried out surveys in many areas including Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Sundarbans, Feni, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur and Jamalpur and so far there has not been much higher outreach. at the standard limit.

“A sufficient number of well-planned towers will disperse the low-energy radiation, which is much safer,” he said, hoping that people’s confusion over this radiation from the tower will be lifted.

He said he saw bird nests on several towers during the investigation. These birds have been around for a long time. Many rooftop gardens with movable towers produce good vegetables.

Professor Buet, Dr Satya Prasad Majumder, said the results of the BTRC survey are very satisfactory. “Rumors about the tower must be overcome. There is nothing to fear, ”he said, urging the BTRC to continue the investigation and take appropriate action to eliminate the public’s misperceptions.

He criticized the videos for making “fictitious comments” about the radiation. “I urge them to refrain from making such statements. On the contrary, the radiation used in x-rays or other tests in diagnostic centers is harmful and they need to be more aware. “

AMTOB Secretary General and CEO Brigadier General SM Farhad (retired) said: “We will need more sites when 5G is introduced. So there is no reason to stop technology just by being afraid. This will make us fall behind. “

He said that the rumors that radiation exposure from cellphones and mobile towers is harmful to human health are not at all true.

“Some people feel that their health is at risk because of the roof towers and some are calling for their removal. We assure them that the radiation from the mobile tower does no harm. Bangladesh mobile operators use the same technology that is used in mobiles around the world, ”he said.

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