Mobile communications would not be possible without radio waves; however, some people are concerned that radio waves (one form of electromagnetic fields also known as EMF) from mobile phones and base stations may cause health problems. A substantial number of scientific studies conducted by various research bodies have indicated that electromagnetic fields, at levels within the limits prescribed by public health authority safety standards and recommendations, cause no adverse effects to human health.
Ericsson provides public information on radio waves and health and supports independent research to further increase knowledge in this area. Since 1996, we have co-sponsored over 100 studies related to electromagnetic fields and health, primarily through the Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF), an international association of companies with an interest in mobile and wireless communications including the evolution to 5G and the Internet of Things. To assure scientific independence, firewalls were in place between the industrial sponsors and the researchers conducting these studies, and all results were made available by publication in the open scientific literature. Independent experts and public health authorities, including the World Health Organization, have reviewed the total amount of research and have consistently concluded that the balance of evidence does not demonstrate any health effects associated with radio wave exposure from either mobile phones or radio base stations.
Ericsson is currently developing products and solutions for the 5G mobile communication networks. Although 5G will have capabilities that will extend far beyond previous generations, it will be based on similar radio technologies and the same radio wave safety guidelines apply.