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Stakeholder Roundtable 2004 (Issue Statement)

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MOA held a stakeholder roundtable on 9 December 2004 to allow key stakeholders in the mobile phone health issue to share their views and opinions in an open forum and to promote continuing dialogue as part of public policy development. The meeting was chaired by Dr Ray Kemp, an independent facilitator.

Stakeholder Roundtable Report (pdf 101KB)

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.