The effects of exposure to Electromagnetic Field (EMF) radiation from mobile towers and mobile handsets has resulted in a long-standing scientific debate. Now, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman is inviting consulting companies to assess EMF exposure of telecom sites in the sultanate.
The authority has issued a tender (2/2020) ‘Engage Consultant For Assessment of Electromagnetic Fields Exposure of Telecom Sites’ to measure EMF radiation for licensees’ mobile sites and has invited suitably experienced and qualified consulting companies to submit their offers by August 27.
There have been several studies suggesting either the presence or absence of risk to human beings from EMF radiation. The main areas of concern are the radiation emitted by the base transceiver stations (BTS) of telecom companies and mobile handsets. Concerns have also been raised that continuous exposure to EMF radiation emanating from telecom towers causes harmful thermal and non-thermal health effects.
According to World Health Organization, the only health effect from radiofrequency (RF) fields identified in scientific reviews has been related to an increase in body temperature (> 1 °C) from exposure at very high field intensity found only in certain industrial facilities, such as RF heaters. The levels of RF exposure from base stations and wireless networks are so low that the temperature increases are insignificant and do not affect human health.
‘Recent surveys have indicated that RF exposures from base stations and wireless technologies in publicly accessible areas (including schools and hospitals) are normally thousands of times below international standards,’ according to WHO.