5G and EME
All people in Australia, regardless of where they live or work, should be able to access modern telecommunications services. Often, this means the installation of new network facilities to provide those services.
Network facilities for wireless telecommunications, such as radio, mobile phones and other every day devices use radiofrequency spectrum to operate and emit electromagnetic energy (EME).
Understandably, some in the community want to know if EME from these facilities and devices, including 5G, are safe. In Australia, EME from telecommunications is extensively researched and strict regulations are in place to ensure facilities and devices operate safely.
EME is one of the most heavily studied types of energy in the world. Decades of research shows there is no verifiable evidence that EME from telecommunications facilities pose a negative health risk, especially when emission levels are below the maximum exposure limits set out in the Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 kHz to 300 GHz (the Standard).
That’s the science of safe connection.
Do you have questions about electromagnetic energy (EME)?
This video looks at EME and how it is researched and regulated to ensure the safety of telecommunications equipment.
Your questions answered
What is 5G?
5G is the latest global wireless standard for mobile and internet services– following on from 4G, 3G, 2G and 1G.
What are the benefits of 5G?
5G offers much higher speeds and fast data transfers. It has the potential to transform the way we connect and create new services and business opportunities.
What is EME?
EME is all around us in our natural environment and is also used in wireless technologies at very low and safe levels.
How is EME regulated?
The Australian Government strictly regulates the use of EME to protect all Australians, based on decades of Australian and international research.
Who is responsible for regulating EME and 5G?
The Australian Government regulates and sets the policy framework for the telecommunications industry. This is enforced by the independent regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Common myths about EME – Busted!
Bust eight common myths about Electromagnetic Energy (EME) in Australia.
Electromagnetic Energy (EME) from telecommunications in Australia: The science behind the safety standard
Learn more about the safety standard that sets the limit for safe levels of Electromagnetic Energy (EME) in telecommunications.
What is radiofrequency EME (RF EME) and how do we use it to communicate?
Learn more about the role radio frequency electromagnetic energy (RF EME) plays in telecommunications.
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