The 2021 independent audit of Jersey’s mobile mast sites confirms that emissions remain within internationally recognised safe levels for the General Public.
The audit, commissioned by the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, was carried out by consultants Freshwave during September.
14 test sites were chosen from all operators in several urban and rural locations, and all were found to be well below the safety limits for the public advised by internationally recognised standards, which are laid down by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). ICNIRP emission standards are recognised by the World Health Organisation and are used within the EU and other regions as a benchmark against which to measure the safety of radio-frequency emissions.
Looking at the mast audit results for the last three years, Freshwave conclude that all the sites tested remain safe and are consistently well within ICNIRP recommended guideline levels.
Tim Ringsdore, CEO of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, said “We remain committed to ensuring that our telecoms sector is well regulated, competitive and delivering innovation. Mobile mast infrastructure is critical to the Island’s local and international connectivity, and we are determined that emissions will be reviewed annually in a robust, independent, and transparent manner.
“It is imperative that the public has confidence in the network and that includes the knowledge that it is operating within internationally agreed safety limits. The Authority takes comfort in the latest results, and I would like to thank the operators for their cooperation with this project and thank them for ensuring their sites comply with ICNIRP guidelines. The Authority will continue to monitor selected sites on an annual basis.”