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IARC 8 October 2008 Update on Interphone Study

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17 November 2008


On a regular basis the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides updates on the progress of the Interphone Project on their website. The latest update was issued on October 8, 2008.


Most Planners Satisfied with Mobile Phone Operators Annual Development Plans

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17 March 2008

Local planners across the UK have again responded positively to the mobile phone operators’ annual development plans for 2008. This is the third year running that the plans have been distributed electronically by the Mobile Operators Association (MOA). 

Almost all (95%) of the 139 planners who responded to a satisfaction survey were pleased the plans had been provided electronically and jointly from one source as it made it easier to share the information both within their authorities and with the public. Eighty five per cent said the plans had met or exceeded their expectations.


61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.