If you've ever wondered whether cell phone towers are harmful to your health, VCH Public Health have analyzed the data and concluded that radiation from cellular base stations is far too low to cause adverse health effects.
In light of the current scientific understanding of the risks of radio frequency (RF) exposures, having base stations and cellular antennae in a community do not pose an adverse health risk to people, and Health Canada guidelines provide an appropriate level of protection. VCH's Chief Medical Health Officer will continue to monitor new scientific knowledge in this area and will provide updates when warranted.
At present, there is no scientific basis for the premise of chronic and/or cumulative health risks from RF energy at levels below the limits outlined in Health Canada Safety Code 6.
The original cellular (analog) technology uses the radiofrequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum between 800-900 MHz (near the FM/TV, AM Radio bands and cordless telephone frequencies). The newer digital technology uses the frequency bands of 800-900 MHz and 1800-2200 MHz and relies on antennae of significantly less power than the analog system, emitting significantly lower radiofrequency (RF) radiation.
Cellular communication operates through a network of base stations that transmits and receives signals. Each base station consists of signal processing equipment, power supply, and one or more antennae.