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Australia

Is there any health risk?

According to the current research and scientific information, health implications of radiation at radio frequencies in wireless communications, including implementation of 5th generation, have not been proven. According to estimation of ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency), the 5th generation is safe and does not cause a health concern. Australia has limitations of exposure at radio and microwave frequencies, aimed to protect children and adults from possible radiation health damage. These limitations comply with international guidelines. The 5G frequencies are included within the limitations.

 

The 5G will generally use the same frequencies as 3 and 4 generations. Higher frequencies (millimeter waves) will be used in the future. These high frequencies are already in use today, for example, at airport checkpoints. They have been thoroughly investigated, and no negative health effects for humans have been found. In their estimation, the 5th generation is safe. Millimeter waves do not penetrate the skin. The intensity should be lowб and skin heating is not expected. The frequencies of the millimeter waves are "covered" by the radiation protection standards.

 

Who is responsible for the safety testing of the 5th generation implementation?

ARPANSA is a government agency aimed at protecting people and the environment from potential radiation damage. Its scientists conduct research and work with the International Radiation Scientific Community to set standards and guidelines for radiation in Australia. They operate independently of government agencies and are not funded by the industry. The regulator responsible for implementing the 5th generation is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which operates in accordance with ARPANSA standards and guidelines.