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Ghana government to monitor telecommunications radiation levels

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Mr. Haruna Iddrissu, Minister of Communications, says government has developed mechanisms with others stakeholders to monitor radiation levels from telecommunications infrastructure.

Several steps have been taken to protect the environment and human health, Mr Iddrissu said at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) symposium organised in Accra last week.

According to him, Ghana’s national telecommunications policy, through a unified licensing and incentive programme, is promoting the migration from separate networks to single and a unified next generation network platform which will reduce the number of switching centres.

“Several steps have been taken in Ghana, to protect the environment and a strong partnership has been developed between the communications sector and the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology; Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to monitor and control radiation levels from telecommunications infrastructure deployment”, Mr Iddrissu said.

He envisages that there will be significant reduction of transmitter power when the digital switch-over in radio and television is done or completed.

Ekow Quandzie

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