Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) launched an information booklet on the safe use of telecommunication equipment. This was done in partnership with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Communications Authority (CA)
Speaking during the launch of the booklet titled: ‘The Answer Is In Your Hands,’ Geoffrey Wahungu, Director-General, NEMA said: “This timely publication provides information that will go a long way towards demystifying how mobile phones and telecommunications masts work while addressing any fears on radio waves”.
The latest Communication Authority Statistics indicate that Kenya has more than 38 million active mobile phone users. East Africa is home to a high number of telecommunications masts, with an estimated 6,000 in Kenya alone.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that we conduct our business with an emphasis on being transparent in our operations. This booklet seeks to ensure that our customers – who remain an integral stakeholder in the future of growth – understand the latest information on our expanding network,” said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.
The majority of scientific opinion, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), finds that there is no clear evidence that mobile phones or base stations present pose any risk to human health.The booklet is available for free from NEMA and Communications Authority offices as well as Safaricom shops countrywide.
Safaricom is the biggest telecommunications company with its core business being provision of voice, data, and financial services in Kenya. The company invested Kshs 32.1 billion for infrastructure this year to boost its 3g coverage for its 25.1 million subscribers. Safaricom is also angling for the fixed data market to take in demand for unlimited data after the launch of major streaming services like Netflix, showmax, and Amazon Prime video