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Submitted: 18 August 2011 Modified: 06 March 2019
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Radio frequency radiation (RFR) power density levels from selected cell sites over the service band of GSM 900, 1800, 3G 850 and 3G 2100 in Bulacan, Philippines.

Renz Carlo L. Pineda

Exposure to radio frequency radiation (RFR) from cell sites remains controversial. People are concerned about the health effects associated with this type of radiation.

The study aims to determine whether the measured RFR power density levels from selected cell sites of two (2) network providers over the service band of GSM 900, 1800, 3G 850 and 3G 2100 in Bulacan, Philippines are within thee International Commission of Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) based Department of Health (DOH) - Bureau of Health Devices and Technology (BHDT) reference levels for the general public.

The NARDA Selective Radiation Meter - 3000 was used for power density level measurement and the Garmin GPS Map 60-CSx was used for determination of the location of each measurement site. Measurements were done at intervals of 50 meters starting from the base of the antenna tower along the azimuth angle of the specific antenna sector up to a distance of 500 meters.

Two macrocells in Bulacan were measured in the study. The cell site of Smart Communications has the service bands of GSM 1800, 3G 850 and 3G 850 and 3G 2100. The maximum measuredpower densities were 0.0003264 W/m2, 0.0000581 W/m2 and 0.0000452 W/m2 respectively. For the Globe Telecom cell site, the two service bandswere GSM 900 and 3G 2100. For the GSM 900, the highest power density measured for 3G 2100 was 0.0005343 W/m2. The measured power densities from the different service bands of the two (2) cell sites were very much below the reference levels set by the DOH-BHDT.

Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Medical Physics
Publication Date
March 2011
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