MONITORING OF RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION FROM SELECTED MOBILE TELEPHONES IN KENYA

  • W. Ombati Department of Physics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
  • R. Kinyua Department of Physics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
  • J. Mutuku Department of Physics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
  • C. Ogongo Communications Commission of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Keywords: Broadband RF meter, mobile phone, radiation, radiofrequency (RF), safety standards

Abstract

The intensity of radiation around various GSM phone models has been measured using broadband
radiofrequency meter and spectrum analyzer and the results assessed based upon the established
international safety standards on non-ionizing radiation. The results obtained in this study have shown the
presence of radiation levels from all the selected mobile phone models, ranging from 0.01134 to 0.4671
mWcm-2 with the highest from Nokia Series (China) N95 and lowest from Nokia 1110. These radiation levels
are within the recommended exposure limits. It has further been established that high radiation intensities
from a transmitting handset appear between the dial and reception of a call. The use of different anti-radiation
filters in abating mobile phone radiation has also been found effective, but with different degrees of
efficiencies of which none meets the 99% efficiency asserted by the respective manufacturers. It has also been
established that the radiation levels from a mobile phone are affected by the physical condition of the body.
The International Mobile Equipment Identifiers (IMEIs) of the handsets under-study were also assessed for
compliance to established standards.

Published
2019-05-15