Regular EMF measurements carried out by IZMF since 2003

The IZMF has been measuring mobile phone emissions in cooperation with the environment ministries or agencies of many federal states. These measurements provide data on the strength of electromagnetic fields in the immediate vicinity of GSM or UTMS base stations, the radiation characteristics of mobile phone antennas and how they affect the propagation of electromagnetic fields. Special attention has been given to the effects of mobile phone antennas in the vicinity of schools or kindergartens.

Between 2003 and 2009, measurements took place in seven federal states. The results were clear: values only reached a tiny fraction of the agreed limits.

The IZMF has also commissioned emission measurements for a pilot study on the new LTE mobile phone technology.

The institute that carried out the measurements concluded: “Due to the proximity of frequency bands, LTE, UMTS and GSM antennas send out similar waves. At specific sites, local conditions may result in higher emissions from one technology or another. But even as LTE networks continue to expand, emissions will remain far below legal limits.”

LTE networks operate at minimum transmission power. Emissions per bit transmitted are the lowest of all the available technologies. The institute therefore concluded that, despite increasing network complexity, emissions would increase only slightly and not pose any health risks to the public.

State: December 2011