The German Federal Government and the German network operators provide 600,000 euro respectively to enhance public knowledge on mobile communications

Over the next two years the German Federal Government and the German network operators are allocating 600,000 euro respectively to provide more comprehensive information on the effects of mobile communications. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their voluntary self-commitment, the German mobile network operators - E-Plus, Telefónica Germany, Telekom Germany and Vodafone Germany, reaffirmed their willingness to actively contribute to improvement of the acceptance of mobile communication technology.  

The network operators announced that over the next two years they will support the plan of the Federal Government on risk communications with the total sum of 600,000 euro. The German Government in cooperation with the Federal Office for Radiation Security (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz) is going to provide the same amount of money to promote various projects and campaigns. “We are thus continuing to provide an active contribution to responsible and precautionary use of the mobile communication technology”, emphasized Ursula Heinen-Esser, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Environment.

The voluntary self-commitment of December 2001 contains “measures for improvement of safety and consumer, environmental and health protection, information and confidence-building actions to be taken during network expansion”. The main goals of the voluntary self-commitment are to improve the transparency of the network infrastructure development and actual measured emissions and to clarify open research issues. This should reduce the number of conflicts emerging in the course of network expansion and reinforce preventive measures in the field of mobile communications on the voluntary basis.