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Blueprint to ease 3G concerns

SHANGHAI will become the country's first city to issue a 3G base station construction blueprint early next year, which will let apartment buyers check station locations through a government Website, city officials said yesterday.

Meanwhile, a 3G base station built on Shanghai City Hall will begin operating on Friday. It's part of a plan to set up telecommunications stations on government buildings to ease public concern over radiation emissions.

"It sounds good," said Xiao Liu, a 29-year-old IT engineer who wants to buy his first apartment before he gets married next year. "I wouldn't tolerate finding a telecommunications base station in my community without being informed, after paying 2 million yuan (US$292,980) for the apartment."

This year, Shanghai's telecommunications carriers are to build 3,000 base stations for 3G, according to China Mobile's Shanghai branch.

Under the new policy, telecommunications base station construction will be included in the new property construction blueprint, just like gas and water infrastructure.

The city will publish both existing and planned base station locations on a government Website at the beginning of next year.

Shanghai Mobile faced complaints when building base stations, and 3G network construction is behind schedule, the carrier said.

"We will set up base station locations on public buildings, especially on government buildings if possible," said Liu Jian, deputy director of the Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Development Commission.

Initially, 30 3G base stations will be on buildings such as the Pudong New Area government building and Putuo District Court.


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