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'Mobile radiation exposure not harmful for human health'

Says telecom minister


FE Report | Published: May 19, 2019 10:30:01 | Updated: May 30, 2019 16:25:54


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Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Saturday misconception about radiation exposure to humans and environment from mobile phone handset and mobile network tower is a hindrance to the development of information technology (IT).

He ruled out any harm to human health through radiation exposure from mobile phone set and mobile network tower, saying it a 'rumour'.

"The minimum permissible standard of radiation for human health is 2.78 while in our country, the permissible amount of radiation exposure from mobile phone tower is 0.5 to 0.6," the minister said while speaking at a programme.

The minister was addressing as the chief guest a conference titled "Bridging the Standardisation Gap" on the occasion of the 50th World Telecommunication and Information Society Day at a city hotel.

Mustafa Jabbar said the industry has to be prepared for the 4th industrial revolution day which is very imminent.

He said many technologies in telecommunications and information technology like voice calls through cellular network and broadband internet might go away in the 4th industrial revolution.

Speaking at the programme, State Minister for Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak said bridging the standardisation for the countries like Bangladesh is very important.

"The information technology and telecommunications industry now have challenges of quality services. The service providers have to ensure quality," he added.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) Chairman Jahirul Haque and Telecom Secretary Ashok Kumar Bishwas, among others, also spoke.

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