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Mobile telephony and health

Mobile telephony and health

With the rollout of 5G, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding the possible health risks associated with mobile telecommunication and mobile phone use. But is mobile telecommunication really harmful? What precautions is Swisscom taking to protect us?

Is Switzerland afraid of mobile tele­communication?

Is the impression given by social media actually true: do the majority of the Swiss public fear mobile telecommunication?

  

0 in 10

feel affected by radiation from mobile communication masts in their homes.

0 in 10

think that mobile communication masts are dangerous. Motorised vehicles 70% and climate change 80%.

0 in 10

use their smartphone for streaming, e-mailing, surfing and working on the move.

0 in 10

use a smartphone; more than half have two or more devices.

We take your concerns seriously.

We operate a mobile phone network that is safe for people and the environment. We address fears about possible risks with research, education and tips on taking precautions. We comply with federal guidelines at all times. We will respond immediately should these change.

#Research

Swisscom supports the independent Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication (FSM) at ETH Zurich.

#Transparency

We ensure transparency at all times by publishing information about the electrical field strengths of our network and mobile phone output power levels.

#Prevention

As a precautionary measure, we offer headsets and speakers to reduce the impact of mobile phone use on the body.

#Initiative

We support proactive initiatives by providing info material and tips on optimal behaviour at home and or on the move.

No new frequencies

5G is being operated on frequencies that have already been used for radio transmissions. Additional frequencies will be required in the future. International research is currently ongoing to determine which ranges are the most appropriate.

Precautionary limits

In Switzerland, particularly strict limits apply in places where people spend a lot of time. Known as installation limit values, these limits are ten times lower than recommendations of the World Health Organisation.

5G in five minutes

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    It is well known that 5G represents the foundation for the industry of tomorrow, for the smart agriculture of the future and, one day, for the optimal management of traffic flows. But residential customers are already benefiting from it? Yes, as this video demonstrates – even if they don’t even use 5G. Because, without 5G, the mobile networks risk becoming congested. Total length of video 01:04 min.

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    A 5G antenna does not emit any stronger or different radiation than any other mobile technologies. It emits ‘non-ionizing radiation’. It may sound mysterious, but you’ll find plenty in any domestic kitchen. This video explains why. Total length of video 01:18 min.

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    Today and in the years to come, 5G will only use frequencies that have long been in use – Including some wavelengths used to make media history. Total length of video 01:26 min.

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    More than 4,000 studies have already been conducted into mobile technology – and no risk has been proven either to humans or animals. Total length of video 00:51 min.

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    This video shows that, physically, 5G works no differently to its predecessor technologies. From the basic principle to the frequencies used, nothing is changing.
    Total length of video 00:52 min.

Frequently asked questions


You are blanketing Switzerland in electrosmog. Can you prove that it is not a hazard?


We've been arguing for decades about whether mobile communication is dangerous or not. You say no, but you're biased. People affected by electrosmog say yes, but they could be mistaken. So who can we trust?


I am affected by the electrosmog from your mobile masts (sleeplessness, lack of concentration, depression). What should I do?


Your lobby keeps repeating the same mantra that mobile electrosmog isn't dangerous. That's exactly how it was for asbestos.


Where there's smoke, there's fire. Studies repeatedly indicate the hazards of electrosmog from mobile communications.


According to the "Mobilfunk" cancer research agency, mobile communications induce cancer. What do you say to that?


Do you have any questions?

Jürg Studerus, mobile communication and health expert is happy to help.

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