Older surveys

The first ARPANSA survey was conducted in 1999. At that time the analogue AMPS network was still in operation and the digital GSM networks had only recently been deployed. Three types of measurements were made:

  1. Environmental EME measurements in parks at distances around 500m from the tower (these measurements included broadcast TV and radio signals)
  2. 12 to 24 hour monitoring of the mobile phone signals from the target base station
  3. Mapping the mobile phone signal strength from the tower in the surrounding streets.

In all, 14 base stations were measured during this survey and the results reported in ARPANSA Technical Report 129 [1].

The second survey was carried out in 2003, soon after the introduction of the third generation (3G) mobile phone networks in Australia. For this survey, consultants measured the mobile phone signals from 60 base stations at distances of 50m, 200m and 500m from the tower and also at the location of the predicted maximum signal strength. An analysis of the results of this survey was published in the journal Bioelectromagnetics [2].


[1]  P. Line, W.A. Cornelius, M.J. Bangay & M. Grollo Levels of Radiofrequency Radiation from GSM Mobile Telephone Base Stations (PDF 2,000kb), ARPANSA Technical Report 129, ISSN 1443-1505, January 2000.
[2] S.I. Henderson & M.J. Bangay Survey of RF exposure levels from mobile telephone base stations in Australia Bioelectromagnetics Volume 27, Issue 1, Pages 73-76 (2006).