GSMA on 5G, EMF Exposure and Safety

The role of the GSMA:

•The GSMA represents the mobile industry to governments and institutions where it advocates policy and regulatory positions on behalf of its members. Its stated goals in this area is to ensure that mobile telecoms “policy and regulatory frameworks are fair, flexible and future-proof”; that radio spectrum is made available for mobile services “in a timely and fair manner”; and to promote the use of mobile services in emerging markets.

•As part of its Industry Purpose programme, the GSMA is supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

•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.

5G, EMF Exposure and Safety – a document by the GSMA, May 2020

Excerpt: The debate on health concerns related to Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure has been ongoing through every generation of mobile technology. The adoption of 5G and expanded use of features such as the use of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum and small cells has resulted in heightened media discussion, and some misinformation.

This booklet provides an introduction to 5G technology, an explanation as to how 5G networks operate, and provides an overview of the international safety guidelines for the levels of EMF exposure.

Misinformation around the safety of 5G technology has also gained media traction. Providing answers to some common questions, the Frequently Asked Questions section addresses issues in respect to 5G, public health and the environment.

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