Radio frequency exposure and health

Radio waves and health


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Mobile phones and other wireless communication devices offer convenience and a sense of personal security for millions of people around the world. In order to function, all mobile phones use radio waves, or radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields, to send and receive speech, text messages, pictures and other data.

While the available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated with the radio waves from mobile communications, some people express their concerns. These concerns have been addressed by health authorities around the world, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).




The extensive Ericsson brochure called "Radio waves and health: Mobile communications" covers exposure limits, health research related to radio waves, electromagnetic safety and exposure from mobile phones and radio base stations. 

Mobile communications and health, an article in Ericsson Review, originally from 2003. Updated in October 2007. 

Information on electromagnetic safety in 3G mobile communication networks.