Manama, Oct. 9 (BNA): As part of The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) efforts to ensure public safety and address consumer concerns regarding the safety of radio frequency emissions; TRA has acquired specialized equipment to measure the ambient level of emissions produced by radio-communications stations of telecoms operators within the kingdom.
These measurements are then compared to guidelines set forth by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, or (ICNIRP).
ICNIRP provides its recommendations, guidelines, and research results to the World Health Organization (WHO), which adopts these recommendations and guidelines as a basis for health regulations and notices concerning protection from electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation.
Over the past decade, there has been a rapid increase in the use and development of radio-communication technologies. As a result, several radio-communications stations have been deployed to close proximities of public and occupational areas. This has spiked concerns among the public regarding radio frequency emissions.
TRA’s Director of Technical & Operations, Mohammed Abdullah Alramzan Alnoaimi, said: "As per the condition stated in licenses granted by the TRA in Bahrain, telecoms operators are required to ensure that emissions from each radio installation are within ICNIRP limits. They are also required to comply with any future radiation emission standards set by ICNIRP, or have been or will be adopted by the Kingdom of Bahrain."
"In the past two years, TRA has measured 2,500 sites; none of which has exceeded the limits and radiation standards of ICNIRP. This year, the EMF of 500 sites has been measured until August and none of them is close to exceeding the ICNIRP standards. The results are available on TRA’s website for public viewing. It is worth mentioning that the TRA initiated the establishment of a website to present the results of measurements to the public and it is divided by clusters. The TRA hopes that the public view this site to determine the levels of radiating emissions measured in the different areas," he concluded.