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Policy Impact

To work efficiently mobile communication networks need sufficient infrastructure to meet the coverage and service quality expected by consumers, and often mandated by governments through licence conditions. As consumer demand increases and the range of wireless communications options expands additional infrastructure is required.

While RF measurements near base station sites show that public exposures to radio signals are typically hundreds or even thousands of times below the accepted international safety recommendations, public concern over the deployment of this infrastructure in some countries has led to the adoption of arbitrary restrictions, such as lower national exposure limits. These restrictions are not based on a clear scientific rationale taking into account the weight of research. Such measures provide no additional health protection for the community but they do have a real impact on efficient network deployment and operation.

The attached paper on Implications for Mobile Communications Infrastructure of Arbitrary Radio Frequency Exposure Limits examines the technical and public policy implications of lower RF limits.