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Femtocells and Health - L1

Femtocells are low-power wireless access points that combine mobile and Internet technologies within the home and operate similar to a cordless phone.

A Femtocell consists of a small box usually mounted inside the home on a wall, with a connection to the internet via a cable similar to a home computer, and a wireless connection to mobile phones and other mobile devices.

Extensive research has been conducted into possible health effects of radio frequency technology with independent health experts concluding there are no established health effects when compliant with safety guidelines.

In relation to radio frequency emissions and wireless technology and health, the general conclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) is;

“Despite extensive research, to date there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health”
WHO - About Electromagnetic Fields – Summary of Health Effects Key Point 6

In relation to wireless networks and health, the conclusion from the WHO is;

“Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.”

WHO Fact sheet 304

Confirmed as current position in WHO RF and Health Presentation – ITU Workshop on EMF Turin May 2013

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