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The MOA has commissioned research for many years into the views of the general public on mobile telecommunications planning and health and safety issues. They also commission research each year with local authority planning officers, to ascertain their views about how the operators approach planning their networks, and how well they consult local stakeholders on proposals for new base stations and masts.

MOA General Public Research 2014

Tracking the attitudes of the British general public in 2014 to mobile phones, masts, planning and health issues.

 MOA General Public Research 2014

Previous research can be found below:

MOA General Public Research 2013

MOA General Public Research 2012


The planners research (2011) can be found here:

Planners research (2011)  

Staying Connected - mobile phones, masts and health (PDF 687KB)
Tracking the attitudes of the British general public and local authority planners 1999-2008

Ipsos MORI report
'Good Reception - continuing to address the needs of planners'

Ipsos MORI report 2005
Addressing the needs of planners

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.