In furtherance of the efforts to regulate and develop the telecommunications sector in the Sultanate, and to exercise its oversight role, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has recently cooperated with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs and contracted with a global company specializing in measuring emissions of electromagnetic radiation from telecommunication stations.
The project aims to determine the extent of the licensee's compliance with the standards approved by the TRA such as the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidance and standards.
The project is carried out by measuring the level of electromagnetic radiation from telecommunication stations, where 10% of the total stations across the Sultanate will be measured for each licensee. The measurement is carried out in two methods: The first method involves selecting 16 measurement points around the station, being the most exposed to radiation, including 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies.
While the second method takes the same number of measurement points and the radiation emitted of the licensee's frequencies is determined and measured only for that station.
The measurements include electric field, magnetic field and the magnetic flow of each point, and the results are compared with the permitted ranges according to the ICNIRP Guidance and Standards.
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has issued Ministerial Decision No. 25/2015 on environmental regulations and guidelines for establishing, installing or operating base stations for mobile communications towers and antennas).