Corporate Responsibility

Mobile communications and health

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Deutsche Telekom is convinced that compliance with the valid safety standards and exposure limit values guarantees the safe usage of mobile communications.

This conviction is based on the current findings of independent national and international expert bodies, which continually assess all relevant studies and check safety standards. They include, for example, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This also applies to the new 5G communication standard. Many technical aspects of 5G are comparable to those of previous mobile communications standards. In addition, many insights on earlier mobile communications generations can also be transferred to 5G. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection has at length dealt with this issue.

Responsible handling

Our goal is to make our mobile communications infrastructure and our new products, as well as the processes on which they are based, as resource-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe for health as possible. We have therefore committed ourselves to addressing the topic of mobile communications and health responsibly.

Common minimum standards

Our Group-wide EMF Policy, which we adopted in 2004, is key in this process. The policy specifies standardized minimum requirements in the area of mobile communications and health, requirements that by far exceed those set forth by law. Our policy provides all of our national mobile communications companies with a mandatory framework that makes sure that the topic of mobile communications and health is addressed in a consistent, responsible way throughout the Group. All our national companies have formally acknowledged the EMF Policy and have implemented the measures required in it regarding the principles of transparency, clear information, participation by local government, and research funding backed by Group Headquarters.