STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) along with the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) has conducted an extensive survey in major cities of the country to check the emission of power level of radio waves from transmitters and receivers of Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs)/Towers installed by Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) and Wireless Local Loop Operators (WLLOs).

The survey was carried out with the help of special tools/equipment in six different cities including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Pashin and Islamabad.

The results revealed that power level of radio waves of all BTSs surveyed is much below the prescribed danger limits and in line with the policy directives of Ministry of IT and Telecom, WHO and ICNIRP guidelines.

PTA has so far conducted five nationwide surveys since 2009. The results of all these surveys showed that the misconception regarding hazardous affects of the towers was incorrect. The towers have been installed and are working within the specified parameters defined by the regulator as well as relevant international bodies.

The regulatory authority is very much cognizant of the issue since it is directly related to the health of the general public and shall continue to monitor working of the towers to ensure that the set standards are met in future as well.

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