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Mobile Stations are SafeInternational Consumer's Day
5/8/2007

A controversy has lately emerged with regards to health and environmental impact of the mobile stations. Several opinions, which lack scientific objectivity, were reiterated in this regard. However the NTRA underscores the following:
• Mobile stations operate in the frequency spectrum 900 MGHz- 1800 MGHz within the same non-ionized electromagnetic wave band where other telecom stations operate in residential areas such as (radio and television broadcasting stations- wireless stations- Police stations and ambulances)
• The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Environmental Affairs have formed a committee assigned to study the impact of the electromagnetic waves of the mobile stations and towers as well as set the appropriate regulations for the rollout of these networks within residential areas.
• The committee finally highlighted that the specialized international organizations spearheaded by the WHO have defined the permitted limits for the maximum electromagnetic density that is safe for humans (ranging from 0.40 to 0.57 mm watt/cm2) on a distance ranging from (3.47 to 4.46 meters). The committee hence approved the density of 0.4 mm watt/ cm2 on a distance of 6 meters) for mobile stations rollout, which is the maximum safety measure.
According to the above mentioned scientific findings, the three ministries collaboratively defined certain protocols for the rollout of mobile stations in residential areas. Necessary administrative measures were set so that no station is allowed to operate unless upon approval of the NTRA. Specialized engineers from the NTRA examine these stations and take all necessary measure to make sure that these stations are safe to operate.

It is worth highlighting in this regard, the third article mentioned in page 240-241 in the report of the Supreme National Council for Education, Scientific Research and Technology under the title of “Clinical manifestations on the health impact of electromagnetic radiation”. This article states that “ several clinical scientific researches agree that there are no confirmed health hazards for being subject to the electromagnetic waves that are less than 0.5 mm watt/ cm2”. This was clear from all the field surveys implemented from 1996; the date of the establishment of the first mobile station, till now. The average density allowed which stands at 0.0003 mm watt/cm2 is 1000 times lesser than the internationally permitted safety limit.
The above mentioned scientific facts refute any other claims that stir up nothing but popular worry and fear and rejection to the mobile technology, which is in turn detrimental to the investment developments in the telecom sector.

The protection of the rights of telecom services users is considered one of of the most significant mandates of special concern to the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) that considers it a national duty.

Thereupon, the NTRA has adopted a range of mechanisms that enable the user to deal with various telecommunications services, and sought earnestly to protect him from any unsatisfactory practices not to mention his rights enforced by law. In this framework, the NTRA has taken the initiative to issue “The Telecom Service Users’ Rights and Obligations Charter” in collaboration with the Consumer Rights Protection Committee (CRPC) affiliated thereto. In fact, this document has coincided with the eight fundamental consumer rights adopted by the United Nations, rather the “Telecom Service Users’ Rights and Obligations Charter” has added further details that take into account the needs of the ICT services users

To review the details of the “Telecom Service Users’ Rights and Obligations Charter”, kindly visit the following link:
http://tra.gov.eg/english/dpages_dpagesdetails.asp?id=449&menu=9