Study allays fear over communication tower emissions

A COMPREHENSIVE testing of electromagnetic radiation levels emitted by communication towers across nine regions has confirmed compliance with international safety standards, a recent sectorial performance report released by Tanzania’s Communications Sector Regulator (TCRA) indicates.

According to the regulator’s report, from nine regions where the study was conducted, the highest recorded radiation level from the tested communication towers was 3.676 V/m (Volts per Metre).

“This measurement is significantly below the ICNIRP’s safety limit of 41.98 V/m, ensuring that citizens and nearby residents are not exposed to excessive electromagnetic radiation,” the report says.

Commenting on the findings, TCRA’s Director General Dr Jabiri Bakari remarked that the regulator is responsible for monitoring and maintaining telecommunications standards, plays a pivotal role in overseeing the safety of communication infrastructure and remains committed to it.

“Through comprehensive testing procedures, TCRA ensures that communication towers adhere to safety limits, providing a safe and secure environment for communication service users. By maintaining communication infrastructure that emits radiation levels well within established safety thresholds, TCRA prioritises the health and well-being of its citizens,” the TCRA boss said.

He added that citizens can confidently use communication services since their health and safety are protected by stringent regulatory measures.

The study was conducted purposely to verify adherence to the guidelines set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

In his recent budget speech, Minister for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Mr Nape Nnauye emphasised the safety of communication infrastructures is government’s important aspect.

“The government continues to manage the communication infrastructure, including phone towers, radio towers, and television towers, in order to protect communication service users and residents living near these infrastructure.

The measured radiation levels from communication towers have not exceeded the maximum radiation limits as directed by the ICNIP, thus ensuring safety of communication users,” insisted the minister.

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