India To Implement Stricter Norms for Mobile Phone and Tower Radiation From Today

Concern for the safety issues over health hazards due to radiations emitting from Mobile Tower and Mobile phones, Government of India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) is all set to implement the new policy and regulation on electromagnetic radiation emitted by Mobile Tower and Handsets from today i.e. September 1.

Mobile Phone Tower Radiation Norm India

With the impementation of these new norms, India will be among the select few countries in the world to have stringent EMF (Electromagnetic Frequency) Radiation Standards, established in the interest of public health, for mobile towers and mobile handsets. Indian standards would now be 10 times more stringent than more than 90% countries in the world.

From today i.e. September 1st for all mobile towers that must reduce emission to one-tenth of the present limits else face penalties of Rs 5 lakh per tower. Radiation absorption norms for mobile handsets have been made more stringent but cell phone makers have been given a year to comply.

While for Mobile handsets manufactured and sold in India or Imported from any other countries should be checked for compliance of SAR limit and No handsets of SAR value above the prescribed standard adopted in India should be manufactured or sold in the country.The manufacturer’s mobile handset booklet should contain various Dos & Don’ts for safe use of cell phones.

The following are the highlights of the Standards :

Mobile Towers (EMF Radiation Norms)

  • EMF ( Electromagnetic Frequency) exposure limit (Base Station Emissions) has been lowered to 1/10th of the existing ICNIRP exposure level, effective 1st Sept. 2012.
  • Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cells have been entrusted with the job of conducting audit on the self certification furnished by the Service Providers. TERM Cell will carry out test audit of 10% of the BTS site on random basis and on all cases where there is a public complaint.
  • Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) has revised the Test Procedure for measurement of EMF for verification of EMF compliance for BTS towers in accordance with new standards.
  • For non-compliance of EMF standards, a penalty of Rs. 5 lakhs is liable to be levied per BTS per Service Provider.
  • The BTS site details i.e. self certification, registration with TERM Cell, test results etc. is proposed to be provided on DoT web site for General Public information.

Radiation Norms for Mobile Handsets :

  • All the new design of mobile handsets shall comply with the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values of 1.6 W/kg averaged over 1 gram of human tissue w.e.f. 1st Sept. 2012.
  • The mobile handsets with existing designs which are compliant with 2.0 W/kg averaged over 10 gram of human tissue, will continue to co-exist up to 31st August 2013. From 1st Sept. 2013, only the mobile handsets with revised SAR value of 1.6 W/kg would be permitted to be manufactured or imported in India.
  • SAR value information display on the mobile handsets like IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) display. The information on SAR values to be made available to the consumer at the point of sale.
  • Mobile hand set manufactured and sold in India or imported from other countries shall be checked on random basis for compliance of SAR limit after TEC SAR Laboratory is set up by end of 2012. Test results from international accredited labs will be acceptable in the interim period.
  • The manufacturers in India will provide self declaration of SAR value of the handset.
  • Suitable amendments in the Indian Telegraph Rule under Indian Telegraph Act 1985 are being enacted in support of ensuring compliance of new SAR values for handsets.
  • Manufacturer’s mobile handset booklet will contain safety precautions.
  • All cell phone handsets sold in the market in India will comply with relevant standards and shall be available in hand free mode.

SAR Test Laboratory:

  • SAR Test Laboratory is being set up in Telecom Engineering Centre for testing of SAR value of mobile handsets imported/ manufactured in India.
  • New National SAR Standards from Telecom Engineering Centre
  • National SAR standards from Telecom Engineering Centre are being finalized.

Measuring Instruments:

  • DoT is procuring EMF radiation measuring instruments for TERM cell units.
  • Outsourcing for EMF radiation measurement for BTS towers is also being considered.

Expert Group Study : A scientific study in India-specific context is being undertaken jointly by Dept. of Telecom and Dept. of Science & Technology in collaboration with ICMR, MOEF & Min of Science & Technology to derive norms based on credible scientific evidence taking into account diversity of Indian social context.

Guidelines to State Government : Department of Telecommunication has released Guidelines covering BTS Towers so that some consistency gets evolved on setting up of BTS towers. Guidelines have been placed on DoT website.

Guidelines for Consumers : Guidelines for consumers on Mobile handset usage have been issued and hosted on DoT Web site (http://www.gov.dot.in) for general public awareness.

Some of them are :

1. Keep distance – Hold the cell phone away from body to the extent possible.

2. Use a headset (wired or Bluetooth) to keep the handset away from your head.

3. Do not press the phone handset against your head. Radio Frequency (RF) energy is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source — being very close increases energy absorption much more.

4.Limit the length of mobile calls. 

5. Use text as compared to voice wherever possible.

6. Put the cell phone on speaker mode.

7. When your phone is ON, don’t carry it in chest/breast or pants pocket. When a mobile phone is ON, it automatically transmits at high power every one or two minutes to check (poll) the network. 

8. Don’t walk here and there when you talk on cellphone.

Radiation Booklet : A booklet addressing possible queries from mobile telecom users on radiation-related issues along with other informative inputs is also being placed on DoT website.

TEC Test Procedures Document for Service Providers and Term Cell Units : TEC has revised the Test Procedure for measurement of EMF elaborating the methodology, calculations, measurements and report formats for verification of EMF compliance for BTS towers in accordance with new standards effective from 1st Sept. 2012. This will be applicable for all Mobile Service Providers and Term Cell Units to verify compliance.

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  • karthi December 20, 2012 5:25 pm

    Are the new SAR value limits for head, or body? I see Nokia reporting for both.

    • sandeep January 5, 2013 4:38 pm

      They are for both the only diffrence it(new SAR) is averaged over 1 gram of human which has been now as std. against 10gms

  • Abhinav November 28, 2012 12:59 pm

    Is SAR Mandatory with Tablets also, or is it required for Mobile Handsets only.
    DOT document says Mobile Handsets, but no clarification on TABLETs

  • Wangsuk Dapru September 3, 2012 10:43 am

    I think the best way to stop any network hazards to public is by shutting down all mobile networks….simple… :-)

    though there are none…. Pls repost telecomtalk.info/studies-conclude-cancer-mobile-radiation/94167/

  • jai September 3, 2012 8:00 am

    where i find my nokia 5800 and N73 sar value.

  • Sudhakar September 3, 2012 7:01 am

    Subeesh :

    china and china like phones have only negative impacts.

  • Anirban Das September 2, 2012 11:02 pm

    @ Sanjay Bafna : Dear if the power of BTS is reduced to 1/10th , then Mobile have to emit more power to reach the tower. Also, if alternatively , operators have to implement more BTSs, so the what is the benefit of that.
    So, if they only limit the Radiation to a specific value, then and then only , this problem can be solved. :)

  • Subeesh Kottay September 2, 2012 9:09 pm

    Branded Phones is not just Mean for Brand.. It mean for quality too Sir..China Phone is Not equal to Apple Iphone or Samsung Galexy..Every phone have their on pros and cons…

  • Sudhakar September 2, 2012 3:34 pm

    adivice = advice

    oter = other

  • Sudhakar September 2, 2012 3:32 pm

    Raj,
    Talk with 6th sense. If anything bad happens to the people using china mobile phones, who will be responsible?. In case of BRANDED MOBILE PHONES, there will be PROPER BILL and case can be filed if company does not give compensation.

    To all :
    You are always the supporters of unknown, unbranded chinese and oter LOCAL companies and cannot afford even to buy mobiles from branded companies. You and all do not have any qualities to adivice me. Understood?.

  • Rajive Borde September 2, 2012 1:07 pm

    Thank you SANJAY BAFNA for detail post on new rules. You rocks

  • SD September 2, 2012 12:58 pm

    kaushal :
    how can i find sar value of my samsung galaxy y duos- that i am using?

    SAR value of samsung galaxy y duos :

    SAR US – 0.47Watt/Kg (Head)
    0.52Watt/Kg (Body)

    SAR EU – 0.69Watt/Kg (Head)

    Be cool. Your phone’s SAR value is well enough the prescribed value.

  • Anirban Das September 2, 2012 12:05 pm

    @ manish
    Correct !!!!!!

  • manish September 2, 2012 11:13 am

    When your phone is ON, don’t carry it in chest/breast or pants pocket.
    where should we carry it?

  • Proximus September 2, 2012 10:55 am

    Very good move

  • R. Sai Kamalesh September 2, 2012 10:38 am

    Operators should have taken enough care while deciding on quality of RF products used in their networks and many had and are neglecting it, for sure, due to severe price pressure. This can happen only in India for absolutely no reasons, of course giving poverty as the only reason and their intention to cover as much tele-density as possible. Besides, Govt. also has woken up (I hope they are serious now) only now to implement these norms which should have been simply done long long ago. Why did they not check the quality of networks earlier except having few on just paper? How can operators be penalized now for some amount after services have been launched few years ago post having got the required govt bodies’ approvals. So, both are at fault by grossly neglecting the environment objectives etc.

  • Hell September 2, 2012 9:22 am

    First provide toilet fascilities to all indians.

  • R R Kumar September 2, 2012 8:19 am

    Sudhakar :First of all, the government must ban all the chinese and chinese remade third class mobiles like karbonn, g-five, micromax, nokai etc.

    what will you do when you go for x ray in a hospital or dental clinic ? Most of them use chinese equipment. When you fly in a plane you are exposed to radiation. Support Anna’s anti corruption campaign, as corruption plays a large part in import of such chinese equipmrnt.

  • raj September 1, 2012 11:13 pm

    @ Sudhakar
    don’t use even nokia & samsung which use atleast one part imported from china.Mostly chargers/battery.Good old days of land lines will be back.History repeats..

  • ravi September 1, 2012 10:55 pm

    good move by DOT

  • Sudhakar September 1, 2012 9:13 pm

    First of all, the government must ban all the chinese and chinese remade third class mobiles like karbonn, g-five, micromax, nokai etc.

  • sunny September 1, 2012 8:15 pm

    bsnl is already implemented this since the starting now private player n people too will understand how difficult it is to work while maintaining all the rules

  • kaushal September 1, 2012 5:32 pm

    how can i find sar value of my samsung galaxy y duos- that i am using?

  • zeeshan September 1, 2012 4:16 pm

    @ R
    correct.

  • nikunj September 1, 2012 4:14 pm

    stop Chinese mobile instead.

  • nikunj September 1, 2012 4:12 pm

    Use mobile in 3g mode .3g signal is 2100Mhz so that have low radiation than 800 MHz 2g tower.!

  • R September 1, 2012 2:45 pm

    This will effect to private operators only but not BSNL.Bsnl maintaining
    the standard frequency from the past.Private operators use to boost up there
    frequency signal,but this not happen to bsnl because of government rules.Over all
    it wont effect to bsnl users.

  • sunil kushwaha September 1, 2012 2:27 pm

    Prasen Chattopadhyay :What is in stored in the coming days…would the existing cellphones be banned? If any such things are enforced or legalized, the Government /DoT has to devise a compensatory formula, coz the pricey cells can’t be dumped like anything. What is the mode of checking the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)?

    inversely proportionally to money ( IN BLACK)

  • sunil kushwaha September 1, 2012 2:25 pm

    Prasen Chattopadhyay :
    What is in stored in the coming days…would the existing cellphones be banned? If any such things are enforced or legalized, the Government /DoT has to devise a compensatory formula, coz the pricey cells can’t be dumped like anything. What is the mode of checking the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)?

    inversely proportionalto money (IN BLACK)

  • ganesh September 1, 2012 1:09 pm

    Telecomtalk have to provide more awareness

    thanks for tips

  • ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR September 1, 2012 12:45 pm

    @Amit.G
    Well Here too in Kolar Aircel, Idea, BSNL and Vodafone has not get dropping of signal. Airtel, Reliance, TATA are Heavily dropouts in network strength

  • SD September 1, 2012 12:11 pm

    Amit.G :
    Im not seeing any drop in network strength of AIRCEL in my place.

    Kuch nehi hoga bhai. Ye telcos khud apni test karenge aur report karenge. Agar student ka exam woh khud lega to kya hoga? Term cell sirf audit karega,10% jagao pe verify karega jo asani se kuch rishwat deke pass ho jayenge. Koi missed call alert ki zarurat nehi hogi. Agar ye rule maan liya to telcos ko 1 tower ke jagah pe 10 tower banana padega, jo wo hargis nehi karenge.
    IN SHORT, KUCH NEHI HOGA.

  • Asit Paul September 1, 2012 11:47 am

    Well, good policy from DoT (If implemented timely :P)

  • raj September 1, 2012 11:25 am

    Be prepared for call drops,network busy/not reachable tones.Going back to 2000’s era.Must activate missed call alerts

  • Sougata Das September 1, 2012 9:43 am

    Days of Chinese mobiles are gone!!!!! Now the real game begin!!!!

  • srikapardhi September 1, 2012 9:21 am

    way to go..

  • abhijith September 1, 2012 8:22 am

    nice to see this

  • md rajaul September 1, 2012 8:17 am

    @ SOUMO
    use bsnl sim in 3g mode,you will get good speed.

  • Amit.G September 1, 2012 7:25 am

    Im not seeing any drop in network strength of AIRCEL in my place.

  • Prasen Chattopadhyay September 1, 2012 7:00 am

    What is in stored in the coming days…would the existing cellphones be banned? If any such things are enforced or legalized, the Government /DoT has to devise a compensatory formula, coz the pricey cells can’t be dumped like anything. What is the mode of checking the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)?

  • Jagadish Rao September 1, 2012 12:54 am

    This is Latest Offer (or Ideas).. Ab all Operator Miss call Pack pe Income karega..
    or
    6 months ya 3 months Packs: Not Require the Boust, STV, Power Rate cuter… Autometic Activated With TOPUP Amount Recharge.
    .
    .
    For your Information Please.

  • Jagadish Rao September 1, 2012 12:42 am

    oh My God… Kya hoga India ka Haal?? What happening??

  • Mohamed Ismail September 1, 2012 12:40 am

    Have to admit, good thing coming from DOT..fingers crossed to see if things happen as per law

  • SOUMO September 1, 2012 12:29 am

    TODAY ONLY I BOUGHT AIRTEL SIM, I WAS USING 2G DATA PACK IN 3G MODE, SHOCK TO SEE THAT THE SPEED IS CAPPED TO 64KBPS. UBABLE TO OPEN ANY WEBPAGE. IDEA PROVIDE 128KBPS, AIRCEL PROVIDE 128KBPS, EVEN RELIANCE IS PROVIDING 128KBPS. STRANGE.. 64KBPS FROM AIRTEL, DOES ANY 1 FACING THE SAME PROBLEM…

  • SRINIVAS September 1, 2012 12:18 am

    I Think we will be NOT REACHABLE more often, will activate missed call alerts