Mobile norms to cut
New Delhi, August 31, 2012, DHNS:
Stricter guidelines to protect health to come into
In an attempt to curb
emission from cellphone
handsets and telecom
towers, the Centre on
Friday announced new
norms, which will be implemented from
Saturday (September 1) across the country.
As per the new guidelines, mobile towers' radiation
emission will be reduced to 1/10th of the present
level. Apart from this, the handsets to be rolled out
from domestic manufacturing units or those to be
imported will have reduced absorption capacity,
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here.
The minimum distance of a tower (with two
antennas) will be 35 meters from a residential
building. There are over seven lakh towers for
mobile phones throughout the country and 95 per
cent of them are already compliant with the new
The rest will follow soon, he said.
Though it's still unclear whether there will be any
adverse impact on human health due to mobile
phone and tower radiation, the minister said the
government fixed stricter radiation norms to
address the public health concern.
He said from Saturday onwards all the new designs
of mobile handsets, whether manufactured in India
or imported into the country, should comply with
the specific absorption level (SAR) values of 1.6 W/
kg over one gram of human tissue against the
existing 2W/ kg over 10 grams of human tissue.
The existing handsets, which do not comply with
these norms, can be used, but will have to be
phased out by the end of August, 2013. This means
if any company has stock of handsets with old
norms, it has to tune it with latest norms by the end
of August, 2013 and release them to market.
However, it is up to the consumers to discard old
handsets and buy the new ones, having latest
norms in the interest of their health, sources in the
He said all handsets will have to display their
radiation exposure limit (SAR value) on the handset
like they display IMEI (International Mobile
Equipment Identity) number.
New handsets should be available in hands-free
mode i.e., bluetooth compatible, he said. The
government is also setting up a test laboratory in
the telecom engineering centre (TEC) for testing of
SAR value of mobile handsets, he said.
All telecom companies will have to give self-
certification on these norms showing that they
comply with the prescribed limit. If the telecom
department's enforcement wing found any
violation, the company has to pay the penalty of Rs
5 lakh per tower. With these new norms, Indian
standards will now be 10 times more stringent than
90 per cent of countries across the globe.