2015-11-03 More on Telus’s “small” transmitters.

This update consists mainly of Telus info about the small transmitters. Rest assured I will get back to $$smeter tomorrow.

  • See below for a response from Telus regarding these “pico” cell transmitters that are being put throughout BC. They are cell phone transmitters, using licensed frequencies, so they are subject to Ind. Can. policies and local municipal consultation policies.

People in San Francisco are fighting these cell transmitters, and we must, too. These are being put outside homes, often right outside bedroom windows.



  • Here is a photo of an apartment building in Nanaimo that a member sent it. It is overloaded with cell transmitters. And Telus says they need to more coverage. Many buildings are loaded like this.  Perhaps with these “pico cells” some of these roof top transmitters will be removed. That would be a major benefit, at least for these people in the apartment on the top floor.

Nanaimo bld with cell towers


  • Here is a great compilation of information, especially helpful when writing letters, etc.




Thank you for your interest in the work that TELUS is undertaking improve wireless service to the community of Colwood. In what follows, I hope that I can provide you with information that will help address the concerns that you expressed in your email.

TELUS has seen significant increases in the demand on our wireless network in this area. Today, most people consider reliable access to wireless networks to be a critical service for personal and business connections. In addition, with the majority of emergency calls being made from a wireless device, many people now rely on cell service for their health and safety. Through small cell technology, we are able to meet present demand in much of the Colwood area without building an additional cell tower in the community.

Regulatory authority

Industry Canada (IC) is the regulatory authority for telecommunications in Canada. In the Client Procedures Circular 2-0-03 (CPC) protocol, most recently amended in June of 2014, IC outlines certain types of wireless installations that are excluded from public and land use authority consultation. Wireless sites that are installed on existing infrastructure fall within these exclusions. In short, TELUS has a pre-existing right under federal regulatory authority to install equipment on utility poles that are jointly owned by TELUS and BC Hydro.


In Canada, Health Canada (HC) is the national agency responsible for developing radiofrequency health and safety guidelines. Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 (SC6) has been developed by experts based on available peer reviewed research. Industry Canada has adopted SC6 as the as a requirement that telecommunications carriers must comply with in order to maintain carrier licensing.


Health and Safety

Health Canada has incorporated large safety margins into the SC6 standards. SC6 is reviewed on a regular basis and was updated as recently as 2014-15. TELUS must ensure that it remains compliant with safety standards into the future should they change. Our engineers’ conservative analysis concludes that one could occupy an area anywhere outside of 1.5 meters from the small cell units on a continuous 24/7 basis and still remain within the limits that Heath Canada considers safe.    Radio energy exposure rates decrease exponentially the further that one is away from the equipment. This means that residents that are located relatively proximate to small cells are exposed at rates that are likely hundreds or thousands of times below SC6 levels. For your further review, I have included a link to Health Canada’s “Myth-Busters” information sheet which provides facts on commonly held misconceptions: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/radiation/radio_guide-lignes_direct/safety_code_6_fs-code_securite_6_fr-eng.php If you have additional questions or concerns with the methodology that HC employed when developing SC6, I would encourage you to contact Health Canada directly.

Specifications of equipment

Small cells are some of the smallest and lowest-powered wireless equipment currently available. At roughly one square foot in size, the units house all of the necessary antenna, radios and other equipment in an ultra-compact package. The antennas are directional which means that the signal (i.e. power output) is directed out in one broad direction. The typical range of small cells is 100-200 meters. This range can vary based on factors, for example tree cover, population density, etc.

The peak electricity consumption of each small cell unit is 160 Watts, a draw that is similar in scale to a 100 W incandescent light bulb. In order to provide coverage to wireless users with older devices, TELUS deploys two small cell units per pole. One operates the 3G technology and runs a 1900 MHz frequency (UMTS). Maximum radio output of this unit is 20W. The other unit provides 4G LTE service at 2100 MHz frequency (LTE). Maximum radio output of this unit is 10W.  Wireless equipment is generally replaced and refitted as the industry develops new technologies.

TELUS small cells provide cellular service, not Wi-Fi. We typically refer to this type of equipment as an “outdoor small cell.” There are a number of variations of small cells, or microcells.    Femtocells and picocells are used inside residential and small business buildings and may provide both a Wi-Fi and cellular service. Larger buildings sometimes have more sophisticated “in-building” cellular systems integrated into the building.

TELUS deploys wireless infrastructure to serve our customers, however, In the event of an emergency, wireless subscribers from any carrier are able to roam on TELUS’ network to place an emergency call.

I hope that the information above provides you with useful background and helps to alleviate your concerns. TELUS looks forward to proceeding with our planned wireless improvements in the community. Please feel free to call me if you would like to discuss further.


Doug Anastos
TELUS | Wireless Network – BC
Office: 604-453-2694


(Comments from webmaster Ted.  SC6 is based on thermal heating.  This is using microwaves to heat meat just like the microwave oven.  Of course SC6 is much lower than the levels that would cook meat or your brain at 1 ft,  So IC and HC have set the SC6 radiation level that all radiation must be less than to 6,000,000 µW/m².  The level in the US is 10,000,000 µW/m².

However, there are many independent studies that show that the electomagnetic effects on the human body are measured at levels much lower than the SC6 safe level.

Examples: (the red are estimates of radiation from typical sources of microwave radiation which may vary greatly due to activity at that second.  The black are the radiation levels used in the studies that found the effects.)

90,000 µW/m² -iPads and WiFi Laptops direct contact
60,000 µW/m² – DNA damage in cells
35,000 µW/m² – 1 ft from a WiFi Laptop
13,000 µW/m² – 2x rate of leukemia in adults
5,000 µW/m² – decreased sperm mobility,
4,000 µW/m² – 5 ft from a typical WiFi router
2,000 µW/m² – 2x rate of leukemia in children
1,000 µW/m² – 100 ft from a typical busy cell tower
400 µW/m² – 10 ft from a WiFi laptop
300 µW/m² – memory changes, depression, sleep problem,
30µW/m² – behaviour problems in schools.
0.001 µW/m² – natural environments
And many many more studies.

HC and IC seem to be controlled by the wireless industry because there is so much money at stake.  Think Billions of dollars,  think Trillions of dollars.  Law#1 – people lie and Law#10 – Corporations rule the world and Law#11 – Money trumps people’s lives and health.  It is as simple as that.  It has always been that way.  Maybe we can change it,  maybe not.)




Newsletter prepared by Sharon Noble

A:  Free radicals damage DNA
B: Non-ionizing radiation can create free radicals.
C: Therefore, non-ionizing radiation can damage DNA