Telekom has specified three focal points to promote transparency in the area of mobile communications and health. These are reflected in three recommendations made in the EMF Policy:
- Telekom requires its mobile subsidiaries to clarify and establish internal responsibilities and processes regarding technology, safety and health issues.
- They are encouraged to facilitate access to information on existing electromagnetic fields by the general public. This includes conducting EMF measurement campaigns and supporting national EMF databases.
- Proof of compliance with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) limits for each individual mobile communications antenna must be made available upon request.
On most markets on which Telekom is active, legally specified limit values apply that are based on recommendations made by ICNIRP for mobile communications in the frequency ranges between 100 kHz and 300 GHz. All of the mobile subsidiaries' base stations have been built in accordance with the valid regulations of that country and comply with these recommendations. For the sake of transparency, our international subsidiaries provide information on each individual base station on request.
The Croatian subsidiary, T-HT Hrvatski Telekom is actively involved in helping the Croatian Ministry of Health create an EMF registry of all EMF emission sources. In the reporting period, T-HT Hrvatski Telekom commissioned a laboratory authorized by the Ministry of Health to take measurements near the company's base stations. The measurements covered all of the company's mobile communications systems. The results were submitted to the ministry in May 2012. By being published in the EMF registry, T-HT Hrvatski Telekom is making a contribution to more transparent information on actual EMF emission levels and to easing public concern. With these efforts, the company is laying the foundation for conducting open stakeholder dialog about mobile communications and health with interested residents.Find out more
The annual measurements of EMF sources are a permanent component of addressing public discussions about mobile communications and health in Croatia as well as company-internal EMF risk management practices. Measuring emission levels at selected locations is regulated by law. The goal is to inform the general public of actual emission levels.
Cosmote Greece installed the Pedion24 measuring system at a total of ten new measurement stations during the reporting period. This autonomous monitoring system measures the electromagnetic fields at selected sites around the clock and transmits measurement data to a central storage database. The information is then evaluated and immediately published online. 2,550,000 measurements (one measurement every six minutes) were conducted throughout the year and the results were published on www.pedion24.gr to provide interested citizens with seamless information about electromagnetic fields found at selected sites.
To increase acceptance of the base stations by residents and decision-makers and to contribute to an objective discussion, Cosmote Greece published measurement values during the reporting period and informed the critical public comprehensively about all additional aspects of mobile communications and health. The company also pursued dialog with customers and residents through efforts such as getting actively involved in and organizing information events.Find out more
Pedion24 is a constant (24-hour) EMF measuring system for frequency ranges of 100 kHz to 3 GHz. Cosmote Greece developed Pedion24 in close cooperation with research institutes such as the National Technical University of Athens, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of the Aegean. Typical Pedion24 measurement sites include schools, hospitals, community centers and other public buildings. Cosmote Greece's experience shows that the public sees these 24-hour measurements as highly credible, which means these measurements are making a considerable contribution to helping the public EMF debate focus on the facts.
Since 2011, the Albanian subsidiary AMC has been supporting an independent measurement campaign conducted by the Polytechnic University of Tirana with the goal of creating more transparency regarding actual EMF emissions in the country. Electromagnetic fields were measured at "sensitive" sites such as schools, hospitals and residential areas. The scientists recorded EMF levels from a total of 50 AMC base stations in the two largest Albanian cities. The results and the final report will be published on the AMC and Polytechnic University of Tirana websites in 2013.
The Austrian industry association, Forum Mobile Communications (FMK) commissioned TÜV Austria to conduct measurements of high-frequency fields throughout Austria from 2009 to 2012 TÜV Austria recorded emissions caused by radio, TV, public safety radio channels, mobile communications and cordless phones at 449 locations. Once the measurements had been completed in September 2012, the levels were published in a database on the industry association's website. The measured levels were very low. In most cases they amounted to some ten-thousandths of the levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as mandatory levels in Austria. The highest levels were not even one thousandth of the permissible level for the 900 MHz range.
By publishing the results, the industry association and T-Mobile Austria, as an active member, contributed significantly to objectifying the discussion revolving around mobile communications and health in Austria.