Mobile communications & health.
At Telekom we are convinced that using mobile communications technology is safe if international limit values and standards are complied with. They are based on current findings of independent German and international experts that continue to evaluate all relevant studies and research results. Recognized expert organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have repeatedly verified the current limit values for mobile communications over the past few years, thereby confirming the safe usage of this technology.
Nevertheless, mobile communications continues to be a source of concern among the general public when it comes to possible health risks. We hope to ease these fears by providing scientifically sound, transparent information. We will only be able to run a successful business and systematically drive network expansion if our technology is widely accepted by the people. That is why Telekom engages in open dialog with all stakeholders involved in network expansion including communities, skeptical organizations, interested residents and customers.
Our principles on how to handle mobile communications and health responsibly are specified in Deutsche Telekom's EMF Policy.
EMF stands for "electromagnetic fields," which are the physical basis of mobile communications. With our EMF Policy we are committing ourselves to more transparency, information, participation and financial support of independent research on mobile communications, far beyond that which is stipulated by legal requirements.
By now, all management boards from all of Telekom's European mobile subsidiaries have signed the EMF Policy. Two more international subsidiaries signed the policy during the reporting period:
Slovak Telekom approved the EMF Policy in April 2011 and introduced different measures. The company provided information on its website and developed internal workflows for processing queries on mobile communications and health from the general public.
The Montenegrin subsidiary Crnogorski Telekom signed the policy in October 2011 and published it on its own website.
Telekom approved its EMF Policy addressing a responsible approach to mobile communications and health in March 2004. The policy contains mandatory recommendations for Telekom's European mobile communications subsidiaries. These are implemented in different markets in line with local circumstances and requirements.
Telekom's EMF Policy contains ten recommendations regarding the following four principles:
Download : Deutsche Telekom EMF Policy
Download : Background document on the EMF Policy
Deutsche Telekom worked together with all of its mobile subsidiaries to define standardized minimum requirements for mobile communications and health in March 2011. We conducted an evaluation of all mobile subsidiaries in the summer of 2011 based on these requirements.
The analysis showed that Deutsche Telekom's subsidiaries are well positioned when it comes to transparency.
The individual subsidiaries have adjusted their internal structures to be able to further implement the EMF Policy in a responsible way. One focal point is the systematic publication of the international limit values and safety standards as well as antenna locations. All subsidiaries also created a comprehensive information offer about mobile communications and health via internal sales channels and their collaboration with operator associations.
Ways for the public to get involved have been continuously expanded over the past few years. Internal structures have been designed so that we can inform the public and local governments of our activities and involve them in the process at an early stage, e.g., during network expansion.
Our goal is for the EMF Policy to be effectively implemented at all the mobile subsidiaries, to contribute to a constructive discourse on mobile communications and health in society and to contribute to effective risk management in the respective market. To this end, our international mobile subsidiaries are continuously implementing the ten recommendations set forth in the EMF Policy. Telekom supports its mobile subsidiaries in this process by regularly evaluating their progress and jointly exploring possibilities for improvement.
Group Headquarters and the mobile subsidiaries are sharing best practices in various working groups such as the EMF Core Team and the EMF Technical Working Group, which was founded in March 2011. New initiatives are developed and experiences, gained in pursuing various strategies, are discussed in this context.Find out more
Deutsche Telekom founded the EMF Core Team and the EMF Technical Working Group to act as cross-area coordination groups with members from all of Telekom's mobile communications subsidiaries. Both serve as platforms for the mobile subsidiaries to share their experience internationally and to encourage mutual learning in the sense of a systematic exchange of best practices.
The EMF Core Team accompanies and coordinates strategy processes and makes suggestions for improvement on how to address the topic of mobile communications and health responsibly. It also supports national implementation of the EMF Policy.
In the EMF Technical Working Group, experts from various international mobile subsidiaries work out technical assessments of the new technologies and develop internal health and safety policies on mobile communications and health.
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