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MCF provide industry training for new ARPANSA EME Report

The MCF has hosted a number of web-based training sessions to help get the industry up to speed on changes to the environmental radiation reports carriers must complete for each network installation.
 
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) published the new Environmental EME (electromagnetic energy) Report template in August 2013 and after a six month transition period the reports are now available for each base station installed or upgraded after March 2014.
 
The training sessions for base station deployment specialists and contractors, introduced ARPANSA’s new EME report to the industry practitioners and outlined the process by which the new reports will be generated using the industry’s RF-Map software.
 
The report is required under the mandatory Industry Code for base station deployment, and provides the public with an assessment of the cumulative EME produced by new mobile telecommunications network infrastructure installations.
 
The EME Report was reviewed by ARPANSA in consultation with its EME Reference Group and a new version was produced addressing feedback, especially from community members. ARPANSA’s primary aim was to make the new version easier to read and understand.
 
The most significant change to the Report is the introduction of two new ways of presenting EME levels. Previously, the EME Report represented the EME level as a percentage of the ARPANSA Standard public exposure limit. This form of presentation is the easiest to understand for novice readers.
 
However, for those seeking more technical detail or to make comparisons with other ways of presenting this information in standards and published literature, the new Report also presents EME levels as:
  • Volts per metre (V/m) – the electric field component of the radiofrequency wave
  • Milliwatts per square metre (mW/m²) – the power density (or rate of flow of radiofrequency energy per unit area)

4G base station emissions well below safety limits, UAE government study finds

Mobile phone base station emissions in the growing Arab metropolises of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are well below the international safety standards, government tests have found.

 
The technical survey carried out on 50 mobile phone antennas across the United Arab Emirates by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) found all 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE network sites were compliant with the national safety limits, which are based on the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines.
 
“The results revealed that mobile services including GSM, UMTS and LTE within the measured sites have emission levels well below the international ICNIRP guidelines for exposure, including the levels of exposure for the general public and Non-Ionizing radiations,” the TRA said.
 
“All recorded readings at all locations in the United Arab Emirates were well within limits.”
 
The TRA said they regularly carried out field studies on mobile network infrastructure to confirm the country’s two national mobile carriers were aligned with international best practices and maintained their equipment in compliance with the safe exposure levels.
 
“The survey measured radiation levels of 50 chosen base stations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and the Northern Emirates for both UAE licensed telecom operators to ensure that both the regulatory policy and the ICNIRP international standards are met as part of TRA’s commitment to ensuring the safety of citizens and residents across UAE,” the TRA said.
 
TRA Director General, H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim said the results confirmed network operators were compliant with safety limits and the general public were not being over exposed.

French health authority warns new laws to restrict wireless signals would cause “unfounded anxiety”

A revised bill to limit public exposure to mobile phone and Wi-Fi signals has been passed during its second reading in the French National Assembly after being rejected in early 2013.
 
The proposed new laws have been heavily criticised by the French telecommunications industry and a national independent medical body who say the measures will raise community concern but will provide no additional health benefits.
 
“Such a law would not provide any health benefit, but on the contrary, by its anxiogenic effect, [would cause] adverse side effects to public health accrediting the idea refuted by dozens of collective expertise, that the radio waves of Wi-Fi or mobile phone masts are dangerous, especially for children,” the French National Academy of Medicine (Academie Nationale de Medecine) said in a press release (pdf).
 
Bill number 1635 (pdf), re-introduced by Europe Ecology-Greens Representative Laurence Abeille, would restrict mobile phone advertising to children under 14 and force mobile manufacturers to provide headsets “designed for children” with new phones and display precautionary information on their devices as well as each model’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR).
 
Mobile operators would be required to reduce exposures from mobile base stations that “substantially exceed the national average” set at more than 6 volts per meter (V/m) under the bills “moderation principle”. The French exposure standards currently range from 41 V/m and 61 V/m, depending on mobile technology and a recent COPIC report found 90 per cent of antennas operate at 0.7 V/m and 99 per cent are under 2.7 V/m.
 
The proposed regulations, which passed the Assembly on 23 January, would also ban Wi-Fi technology in child day care centres and nurseries.

 

Published 29/05/2014

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