Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) along with Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) has recently carried out an far reaching survey in Pakistan and AJ&K with the help of special tools to check the emission of power level from transmitters and receivers of Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs)/Towers installed by cellular mobile companies.
The survey was conducted at Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Sibi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Results show that the power level of BTSs is below the prescribed danger limits and in line with the policy directives of Ministry of IT & Telecom, World Health Organization (WHO) and International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines.
The perception, therefore, regarding harmful effects on health of humans by radiation from the towers is incorrect as towers are installed and are working within the specified parameters defined by the regulator as well as the international bodies monitoring the issue.
This survey was undertaken on the directions of Chairman PTA Dr Mohammed Yaseen. PTA is aware of this issue as it straight away affects the health of general public. It would continuously monitor the emissions of radiations from towers to ensure that specific standards are met and would keep the public informed.