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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Evaluating and implementing the EMF Policy

We want to seamlessly implement our EMF img Policy throughout the Group. We help our national companies do this by providing specific tools. For example, we formulated standardized policies for funding research, for example, and published these on the Deutsche Telekom website. The national companies take these policies into account when formulating 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 dialogue 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 consistently in all of our action areas. We are also working on expanding our country-specific activities. In 2018 we proactively addressed 5G technology. This involved carrying out measurements at the first 5G sites in Berlin.

Deutsche Telekom is continuously building small cells, an innovative, high-performance mobile communications technology. These small cells add additional capacity to our mobile communications network in places with high traffic volumes. Small cells generally emit weaker electromagnetic fields img than traditional macrocells as they are used in mobile communications networks. Due to the small distance, the cell phone’s transmission power can be reduced with small cells. 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.

We have already been working with the state capital of Munich since 2016 on developing small cell technology paying particular attention to environmental factors such as the propagation of electromagnetic fields. A pilot experiment in 2016 has since led to a continuous exchange on processes for the responsible and environmentally conscious development of mobile technology. For example, RWTH Aachen carried out a study in 2017 on practical methods that can be used to assess the effect of small cells on people and the environment. The results of the study were presented to the city of Munich. 

In Austria, the citizens’ mobile communications forum gives interested citizens the opportunity to ask experts questions about mobile communications directly and online. The forum is an initiative sponsored by the industry association Forum Mobilkommunikation (FMK). Over time, it has grown into a knowledge platform containing answers to the most important questions regarding the topics of mobile communications technology and mobile communications and health.

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