18 Aug 2009 06:43

Shanghai to facilitate 3G base station deployment

Shanghai. August 18. INTERFAX-CHINA - The Shanghai municipal government will step in to ensure that the 3G network is rolled out in time for the 2010 World Expo, becoming the first local government body to do so, an employee from China Mobile's subsidiary in Shanghai told Interfax on Aug. 17.

The Shanghai municipal government's introduction of a policy for the construction of 3G base stations on the top floors of government buildings will also attempt to ease widespread public concern that these stations emit harmful radiation, according to Wang Weixun, a senior engineer with Shanghai Mobile.

"The first base station to be installed in a municipal government office building will be up and running by the end of August," Wang said.

The Shanghai subsidiaries of all three telecom providers will be required to deploy 3G base stations on government office buildings, and will be aided by the local government's introduction of a rent ceiling, according to Wang.

Interfax previously reported that base station construction has faced major setbacks in large cities such as Shanghai and Beijing due to public opposition and high rents for the lease of property intended for base station deployment.