DECT & Health - L1

DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication. DECT is a common standard for cordless telephones and is a radio technology suited for voice, data and networking applications in residential, corporate and public environments.  Many cordless phones used in residential homes use DECT technology.


DECT operates in the radio frequency range of 1880 - 1950 MHz. The output power of DECT equipment is very low, from 0 to 0.01 watt for normal handsets and between 0.01 and 0.12 watt for the fixed base stations. Extensive research has been conducted into possible health effects of radio frequency technology.


In relation to DECT handsets and base stations, the conclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) is;

“Portable telephones operate at much lower intensities than mobile phones. This is because they are employed very close to their home base station, and so do not need strong fields to transmit over long distances. As a consequence, the radiofrequency fields that surround these devices are negligible”


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