Sep 08 2011 | by ANNE CAMPBELL
Health fears over mobile phone masts have resurfaced after a study revealed powerful new transmitters could cause headaches and nausea.
People living up to two miles from third-generation transmitters suffered bad reactions, including tingling sensations, radiation experts discovered.
Experts are calling on European politicians to press for an inquiry into the potential risks posed by the new generation of mobile phones.
Thousands of the masts have already been installed across Britain as the industry gears up for the 3G market.
A total of 35,000 will be needed to cover the country.
The technology allows users to make video calls and download clips, such as films and Premiership football action, to their 3G phones.
But the study could set back its growth in Britain, where concerns over mobile phone masts are increasing.
Opponents have fought plans to put up masts close to their homes, while schools have come under pressure to remove them from buildings.
Campaigner Karen Barrett, who has spent three years fighting masts in Winchester, Hampshire, said: ‘A lot of new masts will be built for 3G, so it’s important we get to grips with potential problems early.’
The Dutch study compared the impact of radiation from base stations used for the current mobile network with that of base stations used for new 3G networks.
It concluded: ‘If the test group was exposed to 3G base station signals there was a significant impact.
‘They felt tingling sensations, got headaches and felt nauseous.’
However, there was no negative reaction to signals from traditional mobile networks. Both types of transmitter increased functions such as memory and response times.
Phone operators hit back, denying there are health problems.
The GSM Association, an organisation representing mobile phone firms, said: ‘As the effects are small, it is unclear whether they have any health significance.’
Sony Ericsson said there was no scientific evidence of any health problems.
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