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Mobile communications and health (EMF)

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a prevalent element in our connected world, even if we are not able to perceive them directly. Their effects on our health remain a topic of discussion. It is very important to make sure that the EMFs employed do not present a problem for people or the environment when we use them in mobile communications.

The effects of electromagnetic fields img have been thoroughly researched over past decades in numerous scientific studies. The World Health Organization (WHO) analyzes the findings of scientific research and most recently made a statement regarding the results in October 2014. In its statement, the World Health Organization concludes that the current threshold values for electromagnetic fields ensure that mobile communications technology can be used safely but that further research is required.

Deutsche Telekom has made a commitment to actively address scientific research on mobile communications and health. We provide detailed information on the Group website on the latest technology and scientific risk assessments published by expert committees. In 2019, for instance, we extended our  „Fakten zu Mobilfunk und Gesundheit” (“Facts about mobile communications and health”) brochure to include a 5G factsheet and a new flyer containing answers to the 14 most important questions regarding mobile communications and health.

Together with Telefónica Deutschland, we also support the information platform www.informationszentrum-mobilfunk.de. This platform provides expert and evidence-based information on mobile communications topics subject to controversial public debate: about health, research, technology, benefits, and applications. In 2019, Informationszentrum published, among other things, a new brochure on 5G and interviews with scientific experts on these topics.

More information regarding this topic can be found in CR-facts.

Cornelia Szyszkowitz

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