The GSMA recognises that there is public concern about the siting of antennas and the use of mobile devices. These are low powered radio services and it is the GSMA opinion based on expert scientific reviews that there are no established health risks from exposures to radio frequency signals from wireless communications up to the levels recommended by the WHO.
We encourage a harmonised approach to national exposure and compliance policies based on the human exposure recommendations of the WHO and compliance methods developed by the IEC, ITU, CENELEC and IEEE.
The GSMA supports an active program of independent research. Studies are designed to follow good research practice and researchers are encouraged to publish their findings.
The GSMA understands that people are concerned about possible health risks from the use of mobile phones and living near wireless network antennas. We believe in the importance of providing clear answers based on established scientific research.
Government policies for electromagnetic fields should be evidence based and draw on the existing recommendations by expert bodies such as the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union.
Mobile communications devices include handsets, wireless data cards for laptop computers and other specialised low powered radio transmitters. The WHO has endorsed safety recommendations.
Mobile and wireless communications networks use radio signals to provide a range of voice, video and other data services to subscribers. The radio signals are transmitted between the fixed radio transmitters and mobile devices.
The scientific process follows a distinct path from hypothesis to established knowledge. The process of experiment, publication and review leads to an accumulation of knowledge that is assessed by expert groups.
Materials from the GSMA and third-parties that is relevant to this area
Practical guidance and support on good risk communications practice for people working in the mobile industry, especially those who are facing public concerns about radio signals. Effective risk communication aims to promote understanding of proposals and of the benefits of mobile communications.