Category: Announcement

EMF Safety Standards of Mobile BTS

Electromagnetic Field Emission (EMF) Safety Monitoring

(February & March, 2021, Thimphu)

The Authority is pleased to inform the general public that for the safety from EMF radiation from Mobile BTS station, the Authority is carrying out periodic EMF radiation measurement monitoring.

Recently on 18th-19th February and 4th-5th March 2021, various BTS stations in Thimphu urban areas were tested and monitored by the Authority. The measurement testing was carried out from the location which directly faced the sector antenna, positioning the testing equipment facing directly to the BTS sector antenna. The minimum distance of measurement testing (between sector antenna and testing equipment) was in the range of 6 meters to 20 meters.

It is found that the EMF maximum exposure level from the monitored BTS stations are lower than the benchmark standard and thus safe. The benchmark standard according to the maximum exposure level standardized by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is as shown in the table below:

Table: Reference levels for electric and magnetic fields for occupational and general public exposure in Bhutan

Frequency range Electric field-strength (V/m) Equivalent plane wave power-density Seq (W/m2)
  general public occupational General public Occupational
0.1  – 30 Hz 300/(100.5*f0.7) MHz) 600/(100.5*f0.7MHz) NA NA
>30 – 400 MHz 27.7/100.5 61/100.5 0.2 1
>400 – 2000 MHz (1.375f0.5(MHz) )/100.5 (3f0.5 (MHz))/100.5 (f/2000) (f/400)
>2 – 300 GHz NA NA 1 5

Since July 2018, the Authority has started to monitor and measure the EMF radiation level of BTS stations (towers) in the country and has certified EMF compliance to 357 BTS towers in the country mainly falling in urban areas and satellite towns of following Dzongkhags:

  • Thimphu
  • Chukha
  • Paro
  • Punakha
  • Wangdue
  • Sarpang
  • Samtse
  • Gasa
  • Tsirang
  • Dagana
  • Trongsa
  • Bumthang
  • Mongar
  • Trashigang
  • Trashiyangtse

The Authority will continue to monitor and measure all the remaining mobile towers in the country and will be issued with the certificate of EMF threshold compliance.

RCP Phase VI Agreement Signing

The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) signed the Programme Implementation Agreement (PIA) for the Rural Communications Programme (RCP) Phase VI with the Bhutan Telecom Limited and the Tashi InfoComm Private Limited on 19th March 2021.
Usually, rural areas in any country since being sparsely covered are not considered as a viable business case by mobile operators and concentrating the telecommunication infrastructure in the dense urban areas has led to widening the digital gap between rural and urban areas. The key challenges for the provisioning of telecommunication services in rural areas are driven by both technological, geographical, economic and business considerations. The RCP programme contributes to the goal of digital inclusion by providing support and assistance to the mobile operators for the development of connectivity in rural and remote areas.
Therefore, the programme is aimed at achieving the “Universal Connectivity” of communications services in the country by providing access to telecommunications infrastructure and services in rural and remote areas which are devoid of communication services.
Through this RCP VI programme, sixty six (66) number of villages (which are without access to telecommunication services) will be connected with basic 2G and 4G LTE communication services and the duration of project is eighteen (18) months from the date of signing the PIA.

Vacancy Re-Announcement for ICT Officer on Lateral Transfer

The office of Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority, Thimphu is pleased to re-announce the following vacancy on lateral transfer.

Sl #Position TitlePosition LevelNo. of PostQualificationRemarks
1.ICT OfficerP5-P21Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field.Technical Service Group

Document Requirements

  1. Curriculum Vitae generated from ZEST
  2. Moderation Score for the last two years (FY 2018-2019 & FY 2019-2020)
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. Valid Audit Clearance Certificate
  5. Valid Security Clearance Certificate

Interested in-service civil servants who meet the eligibility criteria as per section 14.5 of BCSR 2018 may apply. Application along with prescribed documents must reach the office of the Authority located at Olakha on or before March 8, 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for selection process. If selected, the candidate shall be required to submit No Objection Certificate endorsed by the HRC of the working agency signed by the competent authority.

Please click here for Vacancy Announcement Notice. For further information, contact HRA at sithar@bicma.bt or 17931243 during office hours.

Vacancy Re-Announcement for Lateral Transfer

The office of Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority, Thimphu is pleased to re-announce the following vacancy on lateral transfer.

Sl # Position Title Position Level No. of Post Qualification Remarks
1. Program Officer P5-P2 1 Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field. Administration OR Technical Service Group
2. ICT Officer P5-P2 1 Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field. Technical Service Group)

Document Requirements

  1. Curriculum Vitae generated from ZEST
  2. Moderation Score for the last two years (FY 2018-2019 & FY 2019-2020)
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. Valid Audit Clearance Certificate
  5. Valid Security Clearance Certificate

Interested in-service civil servants who meet the eligibility criteria as per section 14.5 of BCSR 2018 may apply. Application along with prescribed documents must reach the office of the Authority located at Olakha on or before February 15, 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for selection process. If selected, the candidate shall be required to submit No Objection Certificate endorsed by the HRC of the working agency signed by the competent authority.

Please click here for Vacancy Announcement Notice. For further information, contact HRA at sithar@bicma.bt or 17931243 during office hours.

Vacancy Re-Announcement

The office of Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority, Thimphu is pleased to re-announce the following vacancy on lateral transfer.

Sl # Position Title Position Level No. of Post Qualification Remarks
1. Program Officer P5-P2 1 Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field. Administration OR Technical Service Group
2. ICT Officer P5-P2 1 Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field. Technical Service Group)

Document Requirements

  1. Curriculum Vitae generated from ZEST
  2. Moderation Score for the last two years (FY 2018-2019 & FY 2019-2020)
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. Valid Audit Clearance Certificate
  5. Valid Security Clearance Certificate

Interested in-service civil servants who meet the eligibility criteria as per section 14.5 of BCSR 2018 may apply. Application along with prescribed documents must reach the office of the Authority located at Olakha on or before January 25, 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for selection process. If selected, the candidate shall be required to submit No Objection Certificate endorsed by the HRC of the working agency signed by the competent authority.

Please click here for Vacancy Announcement Notice. For further information, contact HRA at sithar@bicma.bt or 17931243 during office hours.