India: 70% annual drop in new cell tower installations across India

vrijdag, 27 juni 2014 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

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27 juni 2014

MUMBAI: There has been a 70% annual drop in new mobile tower installations in India, said sources from the telecom industry.

Between 2007 and 2010, around one lakh (100.000) towers were set up across the country annually, but the number has dropped to about 30,000 a year since 2010, added the sources. Blaming this drop on ''fear psychosis'' of cell tower radiation, mobile operators warned that this would result in more call drops and poor data connectivity.

''While there has been an increment of one lakh cell towers annually till 2010, there was a significant drop after that. This is due to the fear psychosis spread by vested elements. We need to instal more towers as smartphones need more bandwidth for 3G and 4G,'' Rajan Mathews, director-general of the Cellular Operators Association of India, told TOI a day before the launch of a public awareness campaign in the city on mobile networks and health.

On Friday, the telecom industry will also present its views on mobile tower and handset radiations and their effect (or the lack of it) on human health. Mathews said the debate on cell towers in the city was mainly about ''safety limits''. ''It is the government which has adopted the safety norms. In fact, the emission norms are already low, and it was reduced by 90%. So, I personally do not think there is any need to panic on health issue.''

But activists opposed his claim and said studies around the globe indicated links between electromagnetic field radiation and health hazards, such as sleep disorders, headaches, memory loss and depression

The activists clarified they were not against the how many cell towers should be installed in the city, but were worried about the ''power output'' of each tower with several antennae pointed at neighbouring buildings.

Mathews said, ''The industry is sensitive towards the health concerns of Mumbaikars. The emission norms in India are as per the ICNIRP guidelines that are followed by most nations.''
(nee, die normen zijn t.o.v. die van de ICNIRP met een factor 10 verminderd!, de hierboven vermelde 90%)

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