Wireless technology and health (EMF Explained)

Mobile telecommunications use low-powered radio waves, (also known as radiofrequency or RF energy), to send and receive calls, texts, emails, pictures, web, TV and downloads.

A radio signal is sent from the handset to the nearest base station (tower), which sends the signal to a digital telephone exchange and on to the main telephone network. This connects the signal to the receiving phone via a base station if it is to another mobile handset.

The mobile network automatically adjusts the mobile phone and base station power required to maintain a connection.

Mobile phones and base stations are designed, built and tested to comply with strict science-based safety standards, which are set by national and international health agencies, such as the WHO, and adopted by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

All mobile phones sold in Australia adhere to strict scientific standards; they have substantial in-built safety margins and carry the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s “A” Tick that shows the phone operates within Australian safety standards.

AMTA, in conjunction with the GSM Association (GSMA) and the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), has developed a new web portal on health issues and electromagnetic fields (EMF). It provides information to assist people gain a better understanding of EMF and wireless issues.

EMF Explained Series