Abstract: As a result of technological developments there has been a substantial growth in the use of mobile communication services and number of base stations over the last few years. Increasing demand for communicating from any place pushes cellular system operators to install more base stations. With the increase in the number of base stations, electric field strengths have also increased. Thus, accurate measurement and assessment of electric field strength (E) levels caused by base stations accordingly are very crucial to take precautions for human health. For this reason, Es were measured for 24 hours at five different locations with PMM 8053 E field meter then assessed. It is seen from the measurement results that the maximum E is 7.88 V/m while the maximum of mean E is 1.83 V/m. Even though the measured E levels are below the limits that are determined by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) they exceed the lower limits applied by some countries. It can be also concluded from the measurement results that E levels can change significantly within a day depending on the usage density of the base station.
Keywords: Electromagnetic field measurement, Electric field strength, PMM-8053, Base station, ICNIRP.