GSMA keeps up pressure on Russia to change its significantly more restrictive RF-EMF limits to accomodate 5G

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.

GSMA Europe: Adopting International RF-EMF Exposure Guidelines: Benefits for 5G Network Deployment in Russia

Extract: However, two hurdles could hinder 5G deployment: the government approval process and rules for the placement and operation of transmitting radio facilities combined with restrictive exposure limits for radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs).

Both are legacies from the former Soviet Union and differ substantially from international guidelines and technical standards. In particular, the RF-EMF limits are significantly more restrictive yet in the view of international experts do not provide additional health protection.

Moreover, operating costs to deploy 5G under current conditions would be 10-times higher than if the updated international safety guidelines were adopted. Telecom operators also would need to install between three- to five-times more base stations, according to the study.

In March 2020, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) updated its international safety guidelines for all frequencies used for mobile services. The guidelines, which took into consideration 20 additional of health research, found no established health risks to anyone, including children, using mobile phones or living near base stations.


Background – Our article of 2018:

5G – Harmonization of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Standards Worldwide

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