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Is there any health risk?

Health implications of non-ionizing radiation exposure below ICNIRP exposure limitations have not been proven. Therefore, no health implications are expected from the use of the 5th generation.

Implementation of the 5th generation will begin using existing frequencies. In the future, higher frequencies are expected to be used (10 times the frequencies used today). The use of these high frequencies has raised public concern. In fact, these frequencies are used for radars, scanners at the airport, etc. Since equipment  of the 5G will be added to the existing communications network, there may be a slight increase in overall radio and microwave frequency exposure, but overall exposure levels should be low and well below ICNIRP’s exposure limitations.

 

Do the existing guidelines applicable to the fifth cellular generation, which is new technology?

Implementing new technology such as the 5th generation on existing radio frequencies should not increase public risk, as long as exposure levels of the 5G remain below ICNIRP's general public exposure limitations.

 

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

The Environmental Protection Authority monitors the population exposure to electromagnetic fields, including the frequencies to be used in the 5G. When the 5th generation is implemented, it will be possible to assess the overall level of exposure - whether it increases, and how it relates to the existing ICNIRP’s exposure limitations. The results of the measurements will be published.