Contrary to the view that telecommunication infrastructure was harmful to human beings, it has been stated that they pose no health hazard to human beings.
Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Mohammed Sani has revealed stating this yesterday at the 10th edition of the Consumer Town Hall meeting in Okigwe, Imo State.
Sani said the NCC in an effort to protect telecommunication infrastructure and ensure improvement in quality of service, the commission would soon complete emergency communication centres in all parts of the country to assist in enforcing the law.
He explained that broadcasting antenna and mobile telecommunications (cellular) antenna were far separated in intensity in the sense that while broadcasting antenna emits over 10,000 watts, that of cellular mast for telecommunication produces only 1 to 10 watts.
According to Sani, most of the household equipment such as generating sets, colour television sets, microwave oven, stove among others, possess much more harmful substances than the telecommunication infrastructure that enables subscribers to receive communication effectively.
In that regard, he maintained that while colour television should be at least three metres away from body contact, microwave oven emits harmful gas when leakage occurs, generating sets produce dangerous carbon monoxide and over-head water tank causes danger when it falls, while the telecommunication infrastructure like masts does not produce such health-related organs.
He urged the public not to harbour fear as a result of the telecommunication equipment within their vicinity, and frowned on the attitude of those who vandalise such equipment as their nefarious activities had made communication difficult, resulting in danger when there was no communication especially during emergencies.
Sani observed that the highest rate of vandalisation of telecommunication equipment comes from the South Eastern part of the country while over 1000 cases of vandalisation were being reported annually across the country by network service providers. He said vandalisation also occur in such states like Borno, Yobe, Taraba, etc.
He listed over 1200 cases of fiber cable cut due to road construction across the country, loss of about one generating set (33KVA) daily, theft of diesel, interference from government agencies as well as multiple taxes as some of the challenges confronting the free-flow of telecommunication in the country.
In his remarks, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management of NCC, Mr. Okechukwu Itanyi stated that the commission recognised telecom consumers as the target beneficiary of all the activities parastatal and therefore enjoys a primary focus in terms of ensuring that they get the best of quality service, value for money, timely and fair redress of complaints and protection from unwholesome practices of some Service Providers.
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