Globe cell sites get 'radiation-safety certificates'
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) has issued radiation-safety certificates to the cell sites of Globe Telecom, debunking claims that radio frequency signals coming from such facilities are hazardous to one's health.
“The radiation-safety certificates for every cell site that we have in the country are a proof that concerns over potential health hazard coming from base stations are without basis,” said Emmanuel Estrada, Globe head of network technologies strategy.
The certificates issued by the DOH were based on the guidelines set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers on maximum human exposures to radio frequency fields.
Estrada also said that their latest technology provides a capability called “dynamic power control” wherein both the cell site base station and the subscribers handset dynamically reduce their power output to just about the right level necessary to provide service.
This is effective in reducing radio frequency radiation levels as well as power consumption of the base station equipment in the cell site and saving battery life of handsets.
According to Estrada, surveys indicated that radio frequency exposures from base stations in publicly accessible areas, such as malls, schools and hospitals, are well within the international standards for radiation safety.
"By comparison, radio frequency exposures from base stations are a thousand times lower compared with radio frequency exposures to radio and television broadcast transmitters," he added.