Telcos fined for exceeding radiation limits, Airtel fined the most

The government has imposed total penalty of 10.80 crore on telecom operators for exceeding prescribed electronic frequency (EMF) limits, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha today, as reported by The Financial Express.


According to the statement, the maximum penalty of Rs 2.15 crore was imposed on Bharti Airtel followed by Rs 1.80 crore on Vodafone, Rs 1.65 crore on Reliance and Rs 1.45 crore on Tata Teleservices. A penalty of Rs 95 lakh was imposed on Idea, Rs 90 lakh on Aircel, Rs 70 lakh on BSNL, Rs 55 lakh on Loop, Rs 15 lakh on MTNL, Rs 5 lakh on Sistema Shyam Teleservices, Rs 35 lakh on Uninor and Rs 10 lakh on Videocon.

He said that during 2015-16 (upto May 31), 6 base tower stations (BTSs) were found exceeding the prescribed radiation limit on actual testing. The number of towers exceeding the limit stood at 103 in 2012-13 and 77 in 2013-14, while none of the towers were found to exceed the limit in 2014-15.

“The penalty for violation of actual EMF radiation norms has increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh per BTS per incidence. Instructions in this regard were issued on January 20, 2013,” Prasad said.

The total number of mobile BTSs setup at mobile towers in the country, as on May 31, 2015, stood at 9,08,353. The government in 2012 had lowered the EMF exposure limit from base station or mobile tower emissions to one-tenth of then-existing. In order to ensure compliance to the prescribed norms of EMF radiation from mobile towers, audit of self-certificates being submitted by telecom service providers and BTS sites is carried out by Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) field units of Department of Telecom.

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In case, any BTS site is found to violate the prescribed EMF norms, actions are taken to put a penalty of Rs 10 lakh per BTS per incidence including closing of BTS site, if the violation persists. Additionally, the BTS sites against which there are public complaints are also tested by TERM Cell.

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August 8, 2015 10:23 pm 10:23 PM

“The government has imposed total penalty of 10.80 crore on telecom operators for exceeding prescribed electronic frequency (EMF) limits, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha today, as reported by The Financial Express.”

I knew EMF =ElectroMagnetic Field, not frequency!! (as applicable here)

August 8, 2015 9:15 pm 9:15 PM

Airtel Testing “Price Skimming “Stergy so they will earn much money before others come in 4G space !! 😉

Airtel Lover
August 8, 2015 2:26 pm 2:26 PM

Airtel provides the best network and consistent services. These are gimmicks to defame it.

August 17, 2015 9:13 pm 9:13 PM

Hey u airtel lover ur airtel’s management is so good that, they can’t improve voice quality in our area after lodging several complaints. So plz stop lying.

August 9, 2015 4:42 pm 4:42 PM
You freaking airtel lover, you are just nonsense, if you thinks airtel/fraudtel provide best services all over the country then you are completely out of your mind, just come to west India (especially Gujarat), airtel/fraudtel is f***** up in west Indian region and also in some south Indian states(especially Kerala). And note one thing, if airtel/fraudtel has largest subscriber base in the country simply doesn’t mean that they are best service provider or everyone belongs to there subscriber base are happy with them. Airtel/fraudtel do not provide consistent services everywhere, so stop promoting and stop recommending airtel to everyone. Airtel/fraudtel… Read more »
Airtel Lover
August 10, 2015 3:31 pm 3:31 PM

Thanks for your concern about people’s health. Let me reiterate, Airtel cares about your health too. So use Airtel services without any anxiety regarding radiation levels. The levels are always safe for the people.

August 10, 2015 1:43 pm 1:43 PM

Yes, you are right. Airtel services suck in Gujarat.
Sometimes the call does not connect, coverage is patchy, Internet is not consistent and many other similar problems.

Airtel Lover
August 10, 2015 3:34 pm 3:34 PM

Airtel would definitely work towards bringing the best network to the discerning customers in gujarat. Point noted.

August 10, 2015 4:30 pm 4:30 PM

Thank you for your concern. And who will inform Airtel about this? Someone who hides behind the name of an operator?

Rahul R Patil
August 10, 2015 8:57 pm 8:57 PM

+ infinity

Rahul R Patil
August 8, 2015 9:20 pm 9:20 PM

This information is provided by Telecom Minister of country upper house of parliament.He & entire parliament need not do defame anybody.And most important thing is fine has been imposed on all telecom operators including BSNL & MTNL.So think by using brain if you have before posting such baseless comments.If someone mail screenshot of this nonsense comment to DOT you will have to face defamation case.And that time no one could save you.

Airtel Lover
August 8, 2015 11:08 pm 11:08 PM

Mail it man ! Do you think i am afraid of the government ?

Rahul R Patil
August 9, 2015 9:13 am 9:13 AM

I need not do that.I commented above only to prove what nonsense you are!!

August 9, 2015 4:16 pm 4:16 PM

Airtel or any other operator can maintain good service by increasing signalling power abnormally high which is huge threat to consumer health. Maybe, you are directly or indirectly connected with Airtel which is why, you pretend, not understanding this simple matters.

August 9, 2015 8:23 am 8:23 AM

Yeah thats becasue you have Airtel to protect you.They will fight the case for you.

Rahul R Patil
August 9, 2015 2:05 pm 2:05 PM

But this will happen in only dreams 😀 That fraudtel is not able to protect itself from paying fine will it be able to protect its lover??? 😀 He thinks by calling himself Fraudtel Lover company will fight for him against any one in world.Height of stupidity.