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5G, electromagnetic energy and your health: here are the facts

Network 5G

Posted on December 11, 2019

5 min read

As we continue our rollout of 5G technology around Australia, we are committed to sharing information on our real-world tests of 5G electromagnetic energy (EME) levels. These resources give you the facts about 5G – not fear or fiction.

We know that your health, and the health of your family and friends, is important. Unfortunately, we have seen some confusion online that we believe is the result of misinformation from community groups advocating against 5G.

We understand that there is a wide range of information available online and that this may be overwhelming. We rely on the expert advice of Australian and international health authorities including the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) for overall assessments relating to health and safety, as well as our own testing.

In June, ARPANSA published an update on their web site to address the Misinformation and in November on the question of 5G safety, ARPANSA provided the following update to the Federal Government Inquiry on 5G.

“Health authorities around the world, including ARPANSA and the World Health Organization (WHO), have examined the scientific evidence for possible health effects from telecommunications sources. Current research indicates that there is no established evidence for health effects from radio waves used in mobile telecommunications. This includes the upcoming roll-out of the 5G network. ARPANSA’s assessment is that 5G is safe.”

From a Telstra perspective, our goal in testing EME levels associated with 5G is to provide you with verifiable, fact-based information from real-world settings and locations in Australia, rather than the anecdotal claims of individuals and groups that do not have access to the same scientific testing equipment we do. We publish the compliance certificates for each of our mobile base stations on the Radiofrequency National Site Archive.

We have also created a straightforward fact sheet with information on 5G and EME, distilling our comprehensive real-world testing and other important data into a format that you can easily share with friends or family that might be interested in learning more about 5G and health.

This one-page print-out has information about our 5G network; how we’re rolling it out; and additional resources you can consult to get additional facts on the new networking standard.

Importantly, the fact sheet demonstrates that the EME levels of 5G are similar to that of 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks. We continually monitor our EME levels and are required to conduct EME compliance audits with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). We encourage you to take a look at the fact sheet and share it with others.

Below, you’ll find a full list of all our previous publications on 5G and EME. As we continue to roll out and make improvements to our 5G mobile network infrastructure, we will share more information with you. We’re committed to sharing this information to give you peace of mind about the health impacts of 5G, and to address the misinformation we have encountered online.

5 surveys of 5G show EME levels well below safety limits

We recently conducted testing on our 5G technology on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane to give a clear and definitive answer to many of the questions people are asking about its safety. Our testing found our 5G technology produces EME levels at around 1000 times below safety limits in many cases. Our testing also consistently found 5G EME levels to be similar to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.

5 things you need to know about 5G and EME

5G is the fifth generation of mobile network technology, following 2G, 3G and 4G. It has the potential to offer super-fast connections and response times and more capacity than previous generations. Here, we’ve answered five of the most important questions we’ve heard from you around 5G, including on our testing procedures and advice from government on 5G technology.

Answering your questions on 5G and EME: our new 5G FAQ

As 5G accelerates towards the mainstream, and with many stories on 5G and health appearing around the internet, we’ve created an extensive FAQ to explain the fundamentals of our new 5G technology. 5G brings many significant benefits for Australians, and we’re keen to educate our customers and partners on its potential.  

Understanding 5G and EME

As we continue our rollout of 5G across Australia, we’re working with our industry and government partners to create educational resources for communities and individuals who may be interested in the new technology. Our 5G Explained project is full of information on how 5G works, what it will enable across our networks, and how 5G will evolve into the future.

Over the next few months, we’ll be testing more elements of 5G and we’ll share our findings here on Telstra Exchange to help keep you up to date and informed.

Download the fact sheet today, and watch our network tests in the video above to learn more about 5G EME.

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