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Telecom Minister: Call drops are due to fear of cell tower radiation

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has said that people who object to the installation of mobile towers due to a fear of radiation, are responsible for call drops, reports the PTI. The minister said that despite organizing seminars and spreading awareness about how EMF (Electric and magnetic fields) radiation causes no health issues, ‘some people are involved in proving this notion wrong.’ Sinha said that there are ‘some people’ who want good mobile connectivity but are against the idea of setting up mobile towers and BTS (base tower stations), which are essential to improve mobile networks. Consequently, Sinha said that a ‘technical solution’ is needed  to manage the problem of call dropping. The minister, however, failed to describe what this technical solutions could be and requested people ‘to seriously think about technical solution' for call drops. In this context, it may be worth reading TRAI's only blog post, which argues against the idea of cell tower radiation causing cancer or other diseases. Enough improvement but striving for an ideal situation Sinha, citing TRAI’s quarterly reports, said that there had been enough improvement in mobile connectivity over the last few months. He attributed the improvement to the provisions made by telecom authorities to resolve issues in areas where there are frequent complaints of call drops. He claimed that authorities had spoken to about 1.25 crore people on IVRS (interactive voice response system) regarding call drops and resolved their issues. The minister said that he is only worried about the network issues because the government…

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