(Last Updated On: October 11, 2014)

The COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) aims to run a nationwide campaign for countering the myths about use of mobile phone towers and their effects on the human health.

mobile phones towers in a city

The campaign would be all about convincing people that radio waves from the mobile towers or BTS (Base Transceiver Station) are not injurious to health. COAI is an association of various telecom operators in India and has Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Jio, Uninor and many others as its members.


The Main Aim of The Awareness Campaign

“We are trying to dispel the wrong idea in people’s minds that the mobile towers in their midst can cause a number of ailments, including cancer,” said Rajan S. Mathews, director general of COAI. “This is absolutely baseless,” he added.

He said that a several scientific studies carried out by telecom regulators, health agencies, and WHO in the West haven’t been able to link the cancer and infertility cases with mobile towers and the use of cellular phones.

This campaign will try to address the growing concerns of people about having a mobile tower in their proximity. There are about 100 crore mobile phone users in India, and about two-thirds of the country’s population have access to a mobile phone.

What doesn’t make sense to me is that people want to use mobile phones and complain about poor network coverage, but don’t want a BTS in their neighbourhood. The number of mobile phone towers couldn’t keep pace with the growing number of cell phones in the country leading to poor network quality.

“The opposition is mainly because of people’s baseless fear about the health impact of the towers.” This was mainly caused by local politicians for increasing their vote bank.

COAI has now decided to counter it with scientific information, facts, and research results from various international bodies.


Even Doctors Approve This Claim of COAI

AVS Suresh, a Hyderabad-based oncologist who has done research on the effect of EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) created around a mobile tower on the health the people living in a neighbourhood said that radiations emitted from a mobile tower do not cause cancer.

The EMF levels allowed by DoT at the mobile towers is 450 mW/sq. metre. This is just one-tenth of the level allowed by International Commission in Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

So, if it is one-tenth of what is allowed by other countries keeping the health of their citizens in mind, then there is nothing to be worried about. This is a question that we should all ask ourselves and to those spreading rumours about the effect of radiations emitted by mobile phone towers on human health.