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Mobile phone industry welcomes new research projects into mobile phones and health

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"The industry welcomes the next stage of the UK health research programme into mobile telephony. This announcement of new projects represents the continuing government and industry commitment to deliver an important recommendation from the Report of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones" said Mike Dolan, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association.

"The mobile phone industry is committed to addressing any public questions or concerns about mobile telephony in an open and transparent way. Good quality relevant research informs the scientific community and public understanding. With 48 million mobile phone users in the UK, mobile phones are a key part of our daily lives" he added.

While the balance of evidence from scientific studies to date does not suggest that radio frequency emissions cause adverse health effects, an independent research programme using standard experimental protocols forms part of a precautionary approach to the issue.

An independent panel of scientists directs the programme and, as recommended by the Stewart Report, the role of the mobile telecoms industry is to provide 50 per cent of the funding.


Notes to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA), formerly the FEI, was set up to represent the five UK mobile phone network operators - 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone - on radio frequency health and planning issues. The MOA website is

2. The mobile phone industry is contributing £3.68m over three years to the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme

3. The first 15 research projects were announced on 25 January 2002. They are receiving £4.5 million funding.

4. Companies contributing to the research programme include the UK network operators (3, O2, Orange, T Mobile and Vodafone; companies that are members of the Mobile Manufacturers' Forum (MMF) - Alcatel, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and Sagem; Cable & Wireless, Crown Castle International and The Carphone Warehouse,

5. Details of the research programme can be found at

6. For more information please contact Christine Jude 0207 331 2029, 0207 331 2029, 07714 241924, 07714 241924, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Nicole Hughes 0207 331 2052, 0207 331 2052, 07736 110787, 07736 110787, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.