New Mobile Phone Radiation Guidelines for India

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21 NOVEMBER 2011

The Government of India is issuing new radiation guidelines for mobile phones and antennas (see article in the Economic Times of India published on 19 November 2011). It will be mandatory for mobile phone emission levels to be displayed at retail outlets and on phones sold in India. Hands-free devices must also be sold with each mobile phone, along with a booklet mentioning safety precautions, as the government believes the use of these devices will significantly reduce the risk of exposure from electromagnetic fields.

In a country where it is estimated that there will be 1.159 billion cell phones by the year 2013, this could be the only solution to reduce the health risks of this technology.

According to another article published in India’s Business Line, nearly 75 per cent of the currently available mobile phone models on the market would have to be redesigned to meet these new radiation standards or would become obsolete.

Permitted radiation levels (SAR) in mobile phones will be lowered by 50 per cent to the same levels as allowed in the United States. This will raise costs per mobile phone from 5 to 30 per cent. In India, there are about 10 global brands and another 15 to 20 Indian brands. More than 4,000 importers trade in unbranded Chinese phones at a volume of 3 to 4 million per month. It is feared that the new radiation guidelines will have no impact on these mobile phones. The makers of Indian brands believe that market sales of Chinese brandes will expand radiply during the 6 to 9 months that will take for Indian companies to redesign mobile phones to meet these new standards.

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