Negative Effects of UMTS Base Stations on Human Well Being
By Justin Ried, Wed Oct 01 10:45:00 GMT 2003

Broos Bakens writes: "Yesterday the results of a scientific study performed by the renowned Dutch organisation TNO were published. The aim of the study was to find the effects of base stations for mobile telecommunications (GSM and UMTS) on the well being of humans."

Broos continues: "For the research, TNO used the definition of health as formulated by the World Health Organisation, which states that health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." The perceived Well Being is part of health according to this definition.

The study used two groups of people and for each of these groups the hypotheses to "find no causal relation between the presence of RF-fields and the measured parameters" is rejected. More specifically the conclusion of the study states: "We have found a statistically significant relation between UMTS-like fields with a field strength of 1 V/m and the Well Being." This relation was not found for the GSM 900 and 1800 frequency fields.

The study also showed a positive effect of the presence of RF-fields. People close to both GSM and UMTS base station perform better in cognitive tests, concentration, reaction time and eye-hand coordination tests.

The full report (in English) on the research can be found by following this link [PDF]."