The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (“TRA”) Bahrain held a key telecommunications forum on 15 November 2016 on “the present and future of telecoms towers in the kingdom of Bahrain”.
His Excellency Kamal Bin Ahmed, Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications stressed on the importance of telecommunications infrastructure, which represents the backbone of digital society and economy that eventually lead to prosperity and economic growth in the Kingdom. “It is not possible to keep pace with rapid and massive changes in all areas of economic sectors without the development of state of art telecommunications infrastructure at the national level that deliver ultra-fast broadband services not only on fixed network but also on wireless network which requires deployment of mobile towers.”
He added: “It is also equally important to comply with all technical, engineering, safety, and health standards and best practices when deploying radio communications towers. This shall not disrupt the ability of mobile operators to provide quality services and meet the ever increasing demand on mobile services.”
TRA chairman Dr. Mohamed Al Amer said: “The forum aimed at raising awareness of the realities of telecoms towers safety and addresses the misconceptions and public concerns surrounding them. International experts from GSMA shared their research on the subject, explaining how the mobile technology works, the related international standards and how safe it is to the public.”
During the event, TRA also presented its future vision on this subject by shading light on how through the new mast and towers regulation it will handle the approval and deployment of telecoms masts in the Kingdom.
GSMA expert Dr. Jack Rowley said: “The policy of Bahrain follows global best practice to protect the public. The health protection limits are those recommended by the World Health Organisation, the levels measured in public areas are very low relative to the limits and the consistent conclusion of public health agencies around the world is that there are no established health risks of living near a mobile network antenna.”