5G’s electromagnetic energy (EME) levels are well below safety limits, and are similar to those found in current generation wireless networks, according to tests performed by Telstra, an Australian telecom company. The carrier tested real-world signals using commercially available 5G devices.
“Firstly, our 5G technology produces EME levels at around 1,000 times below the safety limits in many cases,” wrote Mike Wood, principal, EME strategy, Governance and Risk Management – Telstra. “Secondly, all our testing has found 5G EME levels to be similar to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.”
Telstra made its 5G EME readings on a live network, in locations such as cafes, residential streets, sports fields, schools and apartments.
“These are the places that 5G is going to be used in the real world, so it is important for us to be able to show people the real data on 5G and EME,” Wood wrote.
Testing was conducted on Australia’s Gold Coast and in Brisbane in collaboration with Ericsson, Narda and Total Radiation Solutions. Equipment included the HTC 5G Hub mobile broadband hotspot and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone for the survey.
“As far as we are aware, to date, Telstra is the only operator to undertake this level of real-world testing. We believe that we have a responsibility to share this data freely and publicly and to explain what it means in the simplest terms,” Wood wrote.
In the testing completed inside apartments and cafes near at Southport, Australia, Telstra measured 5G EME levels consistently under 0.02 per cent of the ARPANSA standard limit, which is more than 5,000 times below the safety limit put in place by the Australian government body responsible for EME.
“We undertook our testing in apartments where young families and our own network engineer partners live. It is important to us that we are able to demonstrate the levels of EME produced by our 5G technology and 5G devices add no risk when compared to existing technologies,” Wood wrote.