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3G stations on public buildings

TELECOMMUNICATIONS carriers will build base stations on government buildings to ease public concern of radiation emissions, which are regarded as a health hazard, the Shanghai Radio Administration Bureau said yesterday.

Many residents have voiced concerns that base stations be built on top of residential buildings, slowing the development of 3G network construction.

Initially, 30 base stations will be built on government buildings such as the Pudong New Area Municipal Government building and Putuo District Court, according to the bureau.

"We have to do it first if we want the residents to agree," said the bureau, citing a speech at an internal meeting by Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng.

Shanghai Mobile faced complaints when building TD-SCDMA base stations, and 3G network construction is behind schedule, a Shanghai Mobile official, who declined to be identified, told Shanghai Daily.

The base stations do little harm to people's health, said the radio bureau, which has conducted tests on 68 base stations in the city.

The local branches of China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have built 4,700 outdoor base stations in the city. They plan to establish another 1,000 stations for 3G development and World Expo 2010 preparations.

In the next three years, China Mobile will invest 31 billion yuan (US$4.59 billion) in Shanghai, mainly on next generation mobile communications network construction and preparations for Expo 2010.

The investment will create about 3,000 new jobs in the city in the period, according to Shanghai Mobile.

China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile carrier by subscriber base, will invest 3 billion yuan on 3G network construction based on TD-SCDMA (time division-synchronous code division multiple access) technology. Meanwhile, it will invest 1 billion yuan on the construction of information technology infrastructure for the World Expo.

It will also invest in improving infrastructure for broadband Internet services and upgrade its 2G service.

Shanghai Telecom and Shanghai Unicom also need to build more stations for 3G services.



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