RWANDA APPROACH TO EMF RADIATION PROTECTION. Francis NGABO Director ICT Scarce Resources Management Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority RURA - PDF

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RWANDA APPROACH TO EMF RADIATION PROTECTION Francis NGABO Director ICT Scarce Resources Management Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority RURA Italy, Turin 9 May 2013 OUTLINE Rwanda ICT Landscape EMF Protection
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RWANDA APPROACH TO EMF RADIATION PROTECTION Francis NGABO Director ICT Scarce Resources Management Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority RURA Italy, Turin 9 May 2013 OUTLINE Rwanda ICT Landscape EMF Protection approach Public concern EMF Compliance assessment SAR Level Way Forward Electromagnetic Torino, 9/05/ Fields Telecom Landscape The Telecom landscape in Rwanda is mainly composed of: 03 Telecom operators 05 Internet Service Providers 14 Broadcasting sites for Radio and Television 90 % geographical coverage in Digital TV 98 % geographical coverage in FM Radio 56.1 % of Mobile Penetration Close to 1000 BTS Optical fiber reaching all districts and boarder posts Torino, 9/05/2013 3 Electromagnetic Field Protection Approach With the development of ICT infrastructure in the country, the general public started raising the questions and concerns over the EMF hazard. The Regulatory Authority has handled in the past several cases of people complaining about illness allegedly due to the proximity of Telecom infrastructure. In 2009, the Regulatory Authority developed Guidelines to protect the public against hazardous EMF radiation. S_EMF.pdf Torino, 9/05/2013 4 The guidelines are mainly based on ICNIRP Guidelines, ITU-T Recommendation K.52 and other best practices observed elsewhere. The Guidelines specify the allowed radiation limits for the General Public and the Operators or RF practitioners in the vicinity of the transmitter. The document further provide guidelines for the siting and installation of the RF Device, the signage, fences etc. Torino, 9/05/2013 5 The Regulatory Authority, further developed guidelines for telecom infrastructure sharing, which provides directives to follow the EMF radiation protection based on ICNIRP values. In 2012, the Authority purchased an equipment to measure the EMF Radiation. Torino, 9/05/2013 6 Compliance Assessment With the development of Guidelines for Infrastructure sharing and Guidelines for EMF Radiation protection, concerned stakeholders were informed on the compliance assessment: DELINES_SITING_SHARINGB_BTS.pdf The Regulatory Authority reserves the right to conduct both regular and unannounced inspections to any site of the operators. Torino, 9/05/2013 7 On regular basis, the Regulatory Authority conducts country wide EMF measurement to assess the level of EMF radiation to the public. The latest measurement was conducted in March April 2013 and the results were published to assure the public about the safety of the Telecom and Broadcasting infrastructures. Torino, 9/05/2013 8 Example of the results obtained in the measurement Actual Value Standard Value Torino, 9/05/2013 9 Actual Value Standard Value Torino, 9/05/ SAR Level Measurement With the difficulty to measure the SAR and the high cost to establish a Test lab for SAR Measurement, we are relying on data provided by Mobile phone manufacturers on SAR. In order to enforce the compliance with acceptable SAR level (2 W/kg for the head and 4W/kg for the limb), we are planning to include the checking of the IMEI number and associated SAR Value as part of Type approval parameters for Mobile phones. Torino, 9/05/ Way Forwards? Improve communication between stakeholders and inform the general public on EMF issues. Continue observing different researches and best practices for the protection of the general public against hazardous EMR. Torino, 9/05/ THANK YOU Torino, 9/05/
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