Research into the health effects of 5G

The electromagnetic frequencies used for 5G are part of the radio frequency spectrum which has been extensively researched in terms of health impacts for decades.

5G operates at a higher frequency than previous 4G networks so it can carry more data but can’t travel as far. This means it will have less impact on the human body than any previous network. Over 50 years of scientific research has already been conducted into the possible health effects of the radio signals used for mobile phones, base stations and other wireless services including frequencies planned for 5G and mmWave exposures.

ARPANSA states:

“This network currently runs on radio waves similar to those used in the current 4G network, and in the future will use radio waves with higher frequencies. It is important to note that higher frequencies does not mean higher or more intense exposure. Higher frequency radio waves are already used in security screening units at airports, police radar guns to check speed, remote sensors and in medicine and these uses have been thoroughly tested and found to have no negative impacts on human health.”

For more information have a look at our Fact Sheets What is 5G? 

Other useful links and information

Small cells: a guide (AMTA)

A Guide to small cells (Australian Communications and Media Authority)
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
EMF Explained (AMTA, GSMA, MWF)
The Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Code (Communications Alliance)