TRA measures mobile radiation across the UAE
Measurement locations include hospitals, schools and residential areas
The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has started a technical survey to measure mobile radiation levels across the country.
The survey is based on the TRA's regulatory policy "Non-Ionising Radiation Limits for Telecommunication Networks", which was published in June 2010 in line with regulations laid down by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
The regulator said that the initiative reflects its commitment to adopt international best practices that comply with the ICNIRP regulations including the introduction of policies that determine safety levels of non-ionising radiation for telecoms networks.
The survey will measure radiation levels of a chosen sample of 50 base stations for Etisalat and du to ensure that both the regulatory policy and the ICNIRP international standards are met.
H.E. Majed Almesmar, the TRA's deputy director general for the telecommunications sector, said: "We launched this survey to ensure that emissions from the communications sites comply with the general public exposure limits set down by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.
"We are set on applying the best proactive measures and regulations and policies to make absolutely sure that radiation exposure does not exceed the rates adopted internationally. The results of the survey will be announced by end of December upon completion of the project."
In November, the South Asia, Middle East, North Africa region's (SAMENA) Telecommunications Council called for more co-ordinated research on the possible health hazards of exposure to radio frequencies (RF) from telecommunications equipment.