Striving for secure mobile communications
We want to make our mobile communications infrastructure and our new products, as well as the processes on which they are based, as resource-efficient, secure and safe for health as possible. In Germany these activities are based in particular on voluntary commitments by mobile communications providers and an agreement with local authorities' associations. Compliance with these voluntary commitments is reviewed every two years. We recently submitted our annual expert report to the German Federal Government in 2016. In collaboration with Telefónica, we also support the information portal www.informationszentrum-mobilfunk.de
Our Group-wide EMF 2004, plays a pivotal role. The policy specifies standardized minimum requirements in the area of mobile communications and health, requirements that by far exceed those set forth by national laws. Our policy provides our national companies with a mandatory framework that makes sure that the topic of mobile communications and health is addressed in a consistent, responsible way throughout the Group. All of our national companies have officially accepted the EMF Policy and implemented most of the required measures.Policy, which we adopted in
Our EMF Policy stipulates the following principles and measures:
We place importance on discussing issues involved in mobile communications openly. We make all relevant information regarding our mobile communications equipment in Germany accessible to the public, e.g., on the EMF database operated by the German Federal Network Agency.
We provide consumer information that is easy to understand and pursue a fact-based, sound information policy. On our Group website we provide the latest information to those interested. We also provide our customers with information on the SAR levels of their devices. In addition, customers can get information on SAR levels at many of our shops, via our free environmental hotline or via e-mail.
We rely on close collaboration and constructive dialog with all those involved, including communities, when it comes to network expansion. Our goal is to find amicable solutions and negotiate acceptable compromises, which can only be achieved by responding fairly to critical arguments and being ready to learn from mistakes.
Promoting science & partnerships
Our guidelines call for promoting targeted research, scientific excellence, transparency, objectivity and intelligibility.
We conduct ongoing reviews of compliance with our EMF Policy. The findings are used to improve individual aspects and develop solutions in different working groups such as our EMF Core Team and the EMF Technical Working Group.
Evaluating and implementing the EMF Policy
We want to seamlessly implement our EMFPolicy throughout the Group. We help our national companies do this by providing specific tools. We developed standardized policies for funding research, for example, and published these on the Deutsche Telekom website. Our national companies are using these policies in their own funding programs. We also rely on our national companies' own initiative and encourage them to continue to improve their measures even after they have fully implemented the EMF Policy. The dialog conducted by the Deutsche Telekom national companies with other network providers and with consumers, politicians and scientists plays a central role in this context.
Regular reviews show us that the EMF Policy is being implemented in all of our action areas. We are also working on expanding our country-specific activities.
- In 2016 we introduced Small Cells, an innovative, high-performing mobile communications technology. Small cells add additional capacity to our mobile communications network in places with high traffic volumes. Small cells generally emit weaker electromagnetic fields than traditional macrocells as they are used in mobile communications networks. With small cells we can reduce cell phone transmission levels because the distances are so small. Because cell phone transmission levels are often the main source of electromagnetic fields in our immediate environment, reducing these is a particularly effective way to reduce EMF exposure. To guarantee the safety of the technology, we have conducted a series of projects in collaboration with RWTH Aachen, including projects to minimize emissions. Emphasizing transparency, we then discussed the results with stakeholders from the worlds of politics and science as well as with various associations. The results were incorporated into a pilot project launched in 2016 focused on setting up small cells in Munich. The project was approved by the Munich City Council.
- In Austria, the citizens' mobile communications forum gave interested citizens the opportunity to pose questions about mobile communications directly and online. The citizens' mobile communications forum is an initiative sponsored by the industry association Forum Mobilkommunikation (FMK). The goal over time is to turn the forum into a knowledge platform where people can go to to get their questions answered.