Mobile phones and your health
Meteor's national network operates a dual band GSM900 and DCS1800 system. The international guidelines for these types of transmitters are the responsibility of The International Commission for Non Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
- The current guidelines were developed in co-operation with the Environmental Health Division of the World Health Organisation and with sponsorship from the United Nations Environmental Program.
- ICNIRP published its latest guidelines in April 1998 based on the most up-to-date research information. The guidelines are widely accepted in the developed world and have been adopted by the European Commission for a proposed recommendation to the member states to adopt these levels as national legal limits.
- ComReg (Commission for Communications Regulation) is responsible for carrying out ongoing monitoring of all transmitters in Ireland. In 1998 it commissioned Forbairt to carry out a survey on a range of transmitters.
The levels measured at transmitters similar to those used by Meteor were typically more than 1,000 times below the international limits.
'Having a base station near you is less harmful than having a radio alarm clock wake you every morning.'
- Forbairt 1996
'...present scientific information does not indicate the need for any special precautions for use of mobile phones.'
- World Health Organisation, June 2000
'...Base station transmitters communicate with mobile phones by means of radiowaves which are a form of invisible energy similar to sound waves. It is the same technology that allows TV and radio stations to broadcast their programmes to your home'
- Dr Chris Sharpe, Head of the Medical Division at NRPB
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