No Harmful Effects of Telecom Towers in Pakistan: Survey

Power levels of radio waves of BTSs in Pakistan are much 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.

This was found in an extensive survey conducted by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) along with Frequency Allocation Board (FAB).

A statement issued by regulator said that the survey was conducted recently in major cities of the country including Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) to check the omission of power level from transmitters and receivers of Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs)/Towers installed by mobile companies.

The survey was carried out with the help of special tools/equipment in 7 cities across the country including Lahore, Karachi, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpnidi and Islamabad.

So far, PTA has conducted four nationwide surveys since 2009. The results of all these surveys showed that the misconception regarding hazardous affects of the towers was not correct.

The towers have been installed and are working within the specified parameters defined by the regulator as well as the international bodies concerning the issue.

Statement said that this exercise was undertaken on the instructions of Chairman PTA, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah.

PTA is very much vigilant/cognizant of the issue directly related to the health of the general public and shall continuously monitor the working of the towers to ensure that set standards are followed, said the statement.