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Ofcom has measured the electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from equipment used to transmit mobile signals and other wireless services for a number of years. With all four UK mobile networks launching 5G services in the last year, it has extended the measurement programme to cover the frequencies being used for 5G.

Ofcom measured EMF emissions at 16 5G sites in ten cities across the UK, focusing on areas where mobile use is likely to be highest. At every site, emissions were a small fraction of the levels included in international guidelines, set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and the maximum measured at any site was approximately 1.5% of those levels.

Ofcom says it will continue the measurement programme, including at further 5G sites, and publish data regularly.

Ofcom says that manufacturers, installers and operators of wireless equipment should already be aware of the ICNIRP guidelines, and factor them in to how they plan their services. To ensure this always remains the case, Ofcom is proposing new licence conditions for spectrum licensees using equipment that can transmit at power levels above 10 Watts.

Ofcom says that these proposals would mean licensees must operate within the ICNIRP guidelines as a condition of their Ofcom licence, including keeping data and records of any testing to demonstrate their compliance.

Ofcom welcomes responses to this consultation by 15 May 2020. To access the measurement programme results, click here. To access the consultation, click here.