A common concern about wireless network infrastructure, including base stations and antennas, relates to the possible long-term health effects of exposure to the RF signals.
Numerous studies have been performed to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by exposure to radio frequency (RF) fields resulting from mobile phone use.
Recent surveys have indicated that RF exposures from base stations and wireless technologies in publicly accessible areas (including schools and hospitals) are normally thousands of times below international standards.
In fact, surveys show that the RF exposures from base stations range from 0.002% to 2% of the levels of international exposure guidelines, depending on factors such as the proximity to the antenna and the surrounding environment. This is lower or comparable to RF exposures from radio or television broadcast transmitters—which have been in operation for the past 50 or more years without any adverse health consequence being established.
- Frequently Asked Questions about RF exposure
- PCIA fact sheet: Wireless Networks and Your Health
- FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Radio Frequency Safety Information
- FCC Fact Sheets on RF issues