The National Communications Authority (NCA) has procured the necessary equipment for the Radiation Protection Institute of the Atomic Energy Commission to enable it to carry out regular checks on all emissions from telecom antennas.
The Atomic Energy Commission is expected to inform the NCA on their findings and the general public will later get to know.
Meanwhile, the NCA said emission measurements to date had shown that there was no reason for anxiety.
The NCA Boss, Mr Paarock VanPercy, revealed this to the Graphic Business in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 18th Plenipotentiary Conference dubbed PP-10 is presently underway.
Communications Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, is leading Ghana’s delegation which include Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America and Mexico, Mr Ohene Agyekum, the former Minister of Communications and the present Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, some members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications and senior officials from the ministry.
The revelations from the NCA boss on the issue of emissions from the numerous telephone masts scattered in the country is expected to calm the nerves of Ghanaians who have shown apprehension about the health safety of such masts.
Following the loud public outcry over the issue of masts everywhere in the country, there was a ban on the mounting of such masts, a development that caused some anxiety among the operators, one which threatened to halt investments into the country because of the consequences.
Mr VanPercy said there was a jury still out on the subject adding that; “I have read quite a number of publications which suggest emissions from radio antennas are harmful to humans.”
Equally, he said “I have read publications which suggest that these emissions are non-ionised and therefore not harmful. But in all of these, I think the sensible thing to do is to err on the side of caution.”
Mr VanPercy said those concerns led the international communication industry to develop safe radio frequency emission standards.
He said the NCA had also joined the international community to develop new telecommunications guidelines on the deployment of towers which would help to ensure that telecommunication masts functioned within the required safety standards.
On the issue of quality of service (QoS) standards from the various operators in the country, he explained that there were certain industry standards for measuring QoS and the NCA, in consultation with the operators, had set a number of QoS standards as part of the license conditions for mobile operators.
These standards included the clarity of calls, completion of calls without breaks, swift connection of calls to intended parties, and accurate voice prompts, he explained.
To ensure that these standards were adhered to, the NCA conducts periodic evaluations of all networks for compliance with licence conditions, and notified operators where shortfalls were identified, and corrected the deficiencies within a stipulated period of time, Mr VanPercy said.