Impact of EMF limits on 5G network roll-out

ITU Workshop on 5G, EMF & Health Warsaw, December 5 2017

Christer Törnevik, Senior Expert, EMF and Health Ericsson Research, Stockholm

This presentation by a representative for Ericsson, Sweden is well worth to consider in detail.

Especially the pictures at pages 8 and 9 are very illustrative of the distribution of radiofrequency radiation. Note these pictures are protected by Copyright.

They show boundaries for compliance with radiofrequency EMF limits. That means that the implementation of 5G will be much more difficult in countries with lower guidelines than those provided by ICNIRP.

The conclusion is that:

In countries with EMF limits significantly below the international science-based ICNIRP limits the roll-out of 5G networks will be a major problem

The situation is even worse if the substantially lower guideline on 30-60 µW/m2 in the Bioinitiative Report is applied ( Using a safety factor of 10 as proposed in the report would give an even lower guideline on 3-6 µW/m2.

This technology will increase the exposure to radiofrequency radiation in the environment and should be banned until proper evaluation of exposure and consequences for human health and environment is investigated, see

No doubt this presentation by Ericsson show that 5G will increase exposure, proper scientific evaluation has not been done and re-enforces the need for a moratorium as demanded in the 5G Appeal.


7 thoughts on “Impact of EMF limits on 5G network roll-out

  1. 5G is not worth the cancer risk. It should be used with much lower transmit power. With lower power it will provide somewhat less gigabits/second but those gigabits are not worth the health risks.

  2. Thank you Prof’ Hardell for this post.
    I am afraid that now the industry will put pressure to allow even less protective standards to comply with the need for faster, cheaper, easier deployment of 5G.
    It is very sad that industry still think it can save money by exposing the public to more radiation, instead of developing their products and infrastructure in such a way that will reduce users and public’s exposure.

    • There are some interesting conclusions on this presentation. One
      is that 5G can not be implemented, even hardly with the ICNIRP
      high guideline for RF radiation exposure. Another option would
      be less stringent guidelines in all countries – a development
      contrary to the scientific evdience on health hazards, e.g. see
      the BioInitiative Report.

  3. The 5G can be implemented with much more stringent radiation limits, the system can be very flexible. With less permitted exposure it will provide somewhat lower communication rates, so pokemons will be seen on the screens with little less detail and not every appliance will be connected to the network. And less humans will suffer cancer.

  4. Indeed, a telling presentation from Törnevik, who has been the Chairman of the Board of the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF).

    There is a new Telecom paper news item and a new International Telecommunication Union (ITU) report:

    “The EMF exposure limits below INCIRP or IEEE guidelines, … , do not in most cases allow mobile network operators to fully leverage new antenna technologies, such as Massive MIMO and beamforming, or small cells, which are a key element of future 5G mobile networks”.–1250861

    So, industry is worried about monetary costs of 5G deployment.

    To continue:

    “Densifying the mobile network grid by adding new sites would be the third, but the most expensive and time-consuming, way to increase capacity in mobile networks. In order to cope with the data traffic explosion and assuming that spectrum and technology levers cannot be exploited, mobile network operators would have to have 3.5-fold the number of sites in urban areas by 2025 and almost seven-fold the number of sites in dense urban areas by 2025 “.

    My prediction: They will do everything possible to get looser limits for higher GHz implementations.

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