Frequently Asked Questions

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1) Why are Base Stations installed in inhabited areas?

Mobile telephony technology requires the installation of base stations in inhabited areas to ensure the telecommunication coverage that the users request.
It is necessary to maintain a dense Base Station network in densely populated areas where mobile phones are extensively used and to respond to customer demands.

The creation of dense mobile telephony base stations networks with the addition of new base stations does not increase the totally emitted radiation in an area but on the contrary decreases the intensity of such radiation both at the base stations and on the mobile phones.

According to the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) informative leaflet:
“Through the operation of new base stations it is easier for a mobile telephone to connect to the mobile telephony network and accordingly each individual user’s exposure to mobile phone radiation decreases”.

The National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) also notes in an informative publication that:
The denser the mobile telephony antennae network the lower the electromagnetic radiation that the antenna emits, since it has to cover a smaller area to serve fewer users. Our distance from the antenna in a denser network where we communicate is shorter.

The signal on our mobile phone is this better and the electromagnetic energy that the device emits to communicate is lower.

2) Is human health influenced by the use of mobile telephony or its closeness to Base Stations?

Not one of the studies that have been conducted to date by International Scientific Societies and Health Organizations has shown any impacts on human health from the operation of mobile telephony.

According to the World Health Organization’s publication, to the extent that all institutionally imposed set limits are observed: “from all the evidence collected to date, no short or long term damaging health symptom appear to be caused by the electromagnetic signals that are emitted from the base stations”.

Scientific studies on this matter are continuing. WIND closely monitors them, adopts and uses their findings for the benefit of its customers and society.

3) Is there any relation between mobile telephony radiation and radioactivity?

Absolutely none
The electromagnetic radiation used by mobile telephony bears no relation whatsoever to radioactivity.

It is a high frequency non ionizing radiation that does not cause any changes to biological tissue when the safety measures are observed.

The identification of electromagnetic radiation from mobile telephony with radioactivity is incorrect and is probably related to an erroneous translation of the term “radiation”. The exact meaning of the term is radiation and not radioactivity, as it had been originally erroneously translated by the international news agencies.

4) Is the concern regarding the hazard to human health from the operation of mobile telephony base stations justified?

Not at all. All this concern is the result of deficient or erroneous information.

The competent bodies assure us that there is no hazard whatsoever to the citizens’ health from the mobile telephony base stations, on the condition that the safety measures are maintained..

Indeed the World Health Organization notes that people are frequently afraid due to the fact that the Media communicate new and yet undocumented scientific studies, which cultivates a sense of concern and the suspicion that certain unknown and non traceable hazards may exist.

5) Do you believe that more vulnerable user groups, e.g. children, require additional preventive measures?

The limits of safe exposure have been established by taking into consideration the most vulnerable groups such as patients & young children and they are based upon a high safety factor since they implement the principle of precaution.

The Greek Atomic Energy Commission in an informative publication is clear on this matter:
Despite the common concern regarding the exposure of young children to any environmental factor, it is a fact that children are not only found in schools but in any space within an inhabited area.

In fact, young children spend much more time at home in relation to the time they spend at school. Thus, we should not differentiate the protection of human health from electromagnetic radiation in terms of whether there is or is not exposure at the school site but should have a common protection framework, which should apply to all areas that the general public can access. The institutionalized limits apply to all population groups, even the most vulnerable ones.

However, especially in relation to young children, we should stress that the mobile phone should not be considered a toy and we should take care that our children are not exposed – for long periods of time – to the radiation that the devices emit.

6) Why is it not permitted to install mobile telephony antennae on crèches, schools, nursing homes and hospitals?

We believe that the reasons are mainly emotional and psychological and are not based on scientific data or findings. We should stress that the radiation intensity and not the distance from an antenna is the proper index to measure any impacts on citizen health.

7) Does the mobile phone emit lower radiation when the base stations are far from densely inhabited areas?

No, the opposite is true. The further the mobile telephony Base Station the higher the radiation levels emitted by the mobile phone to contact the station and operate.

In 2005, Professor Mr I. Sahalos, Director of the Radio Communications Laboratory at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, stated that 60% of the operating power by mobile phones is absorbed by the user.

Thus, if the mobile phone is further away from the base station it operates at its maximum power, namely 250 mW, out of which 160 mW is absorbed by the user.

On the contrary, if the base station is closer to the mobile phone, then the device operates at an average power of 62.5 mW and the user absorbs 40 mW, i.e. four times less energy.

  • GAEC, Informative Leaflet on Mobile Telephony and Health, Questions & Answers, July 2006
  • GAEC, Informative Leaflet on Mobile Telephony and Health, Questions & Answers, November 2006
  • WHO, Electromagnetic fields and public health, Base Stations and wireless technologies, Data Sheet no 304, May 2006
  • WHO, Electromagnetic fields and public health, Base Stations and wireless technologies, Data Sheet no 304, May 2006
  • GAEC, Informative Leaflet on Mobile Telephony and Health, Questions & Answers, July 2006

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