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. How harmful are mobile communications really? What precautions are Swisscom taking to protect people?

Is Switzerland afraid of mobile tele­communication?

A quick glance at social media suggests that the majority of the Swiss population is wary of mobile communications. Is this true? Here are some figures from the Federal Statistical Office on mobile phone usage.

 

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.

Swisscom takes concerns very seriously.

The safety of society and the environment is also central to the operation of the mobile network. Swisscom addresses concerns about possible risks through research, education and precautionary tips. Swisscom complies with the applicable federal requirements at all times.

#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.

#Dialogue

We seek dialogue with all those involved in order to jointly develop optimal solutions for all.

5G does not use new frequencies.

5G is being operated on frequencies that have already been used for radio transmissions. As usage continues to increase, additional frequencies will be needed in the near future. Research is being conducted worldwide to determine which areas are best suited for this.

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 how do you benefit from all this? Even if you don’t use 5G at all, 5G helps to avoid data congestion on the mobile network. (length 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. (length 01:18 min.)

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    5G currently only uses frequencies that have been in use for a long time, and will continue to use these frequencies for years to come. Including some wavelengths used to make media history. (length 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. (length 00:51 min.)

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    The physical infrastructure of 5G works in the same way as its predecessor technologies: from the basic principle to the frequencies used – nothing has changed.
    (length 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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