Base Stations Sing the Blues
A Dutch study -- conducted by research organization TNO on behalf of the government -- claims to prove that signals transmitted by 3G base stations can cause nausea, headaches, and tingling sensations [ed. note: particularly if the signals are reruns of old Who's the Boss? episodes]. In contrast, exposure to radiation from existing 2G masts showed no significant effects.
Seventy-two people took part in the study, the first examination into the health impacts of 3G base stations. Previous research on the effects of second-generation mobile phones had been inconclusive (see Finns Find Cause for Concern).
“These findings were very unexpected,” Martin Lortzer, spokesman for TNO, told BBC News Online. “It means there are a whole lot of other questions coming up.”
The results of the survey add further gloom to a market expected to suffer a decline in the total number of base stations sold over the next five years (see Lack of Demand Hinders Growth). According to the market watchers at In-Stat/MDR, shipments will fall from about 230,000 in 2003 to 163,000 in 2007 (a CAGR of -7 percent). Worse still for the likes of LM Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERICY), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), and friends, revenue from sales is likely to decline at an even greater rate -- a CAGR of -12.8 percent.
Oh, happy days.
— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung