Publication Date : 01/02/2013

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Volume 8
Issue 1
(02 - 2013)

Abstract :

Presently Nigeria is experiencing a steady growth in the telecommunication industry, with about twenty one (21) mobile wireless telecommunication service providers, about fifteen thousand (15,000) base transceiver stations (BTS) spread across the country, and above fifty million (50,000,000) lines (handsets) connected, (Nigeria Communication Commission,2010). There is growing concern among Nigerians about the possible health hazard of electromagnetic radiation from the BTS and the mobile handsets. This study focuses on measurement of electric field strength (v/m) radiated from the front end of the mobile handset during call session and from the mobile handset to the BTS. These measurements were carried out using electric field strength meter. Maximum electric field values were measured from the front side very close to the mobile phone for different phones and the results were compared with the compatibility standard provided by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, (ICNIRP, 1998) and a good agreement was obtained.

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