Cell Towers – How did it all begin

Alexander Graham Bell is credited with the invention of the Telephone, one of the most important inventions in modern history. But when it comes to cellular phone technology, no one person can stake claim on its invention. Cellular phone technology evolved over decades, with various scientists contributing to the process.

But from the very first cellular phone that weighed over a kilo and gave 30 minutes of talk-time from a 10 hour re-charge, to the sleek and multifunctional devices of today, we have come a long way indeed. Between the 70s and the 90s cellphones saw a sea change in design and usability.

The very basis of this advancement was the evolution of a particular type of technology. The technology that advanced from single connecting points for telephones to the use of multiple cell tower sites which enabled users to use multiple towers for connectivity as they traveled.

These towers are now omnipresent the world over, silently doing their job of keeping us connected. They route our calls and messages via the internet and using radio frequencies. It is a complex process that these cell phone towers achieve in fractions of a second.

What is surprising is that this revolutionary technology is now touted as a carcinogen. That too without even understanding the technology behind the functioning of these towers. The radio waves are confused with harmful radiation and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Magnetic waves are of two types, non-ionizing rays that are weak and ionizing waves that are strong. Radio-frequency waves are non-ionizing radiation and are too weak to affect change in our DNA, which is the main cause of cancer. It is only ionizing radiation such as x-rays, gamma rays, and ultraviolet (UV) light that cause the cancer causing chemical reactions in our body. Additionally, as you may have noticed all around you, the base towers for cell phones are so far above the ground that their signals can never be strong enough to cause harm to the human body, much less cause cancer.

It all began as a boon, and continues to be. Enjoy being connected with your loved ones through a long and healthy life!

One Comment on “Cell Towers – How did it all begin

  1. Well written article Leonard. It seems the radiation issue is dramatized to us, agree radiation can not come from cell phones or there towers as the urban myth says. Lots of info out there is written confusingly about radiation, this source has an easy to understand piece about it which helped me understand, http://www.aboutimi.com/radiation-in-imaging-what-you-should-know/.

    Yours is equally easy to understand and very relevant these days. Thanks again, good article!

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