Mobiles & Your Health
Mobile phones have revolutionized our world with 95.29 million mobile phone subscriptions in Egypt (April 2016 MCIT) and over 7.76 billion subscriptions worldwide (August 2016 GSMA). Mobile communications has transformed the way we work and the way people communicate and brought many benefits to society.
Mobile phones and the base stations that make them work operate well within national and international guideline safety limits. According to the World Health Organization and others, there is no evidence to convince experts that the use of mobile devices and the masts that make them work carries health risks.
While most people welcome more mobile phone coverage, we recognize that some people are still concerned about possible health effects from exposure to radio frequency (RF) fields from base stations and handsets. We are committed to addressing these concerns. The health and safety of our customers, employees and the general public is very important to us.
Research continues into mobile phones, base stations and health. Our approach to managing health issues is based on all available scientific evidence, to ensure we continue to safeguard our customers, employees and the public.
Vodafone is committed to informing its employees, customers and the general public about the established facts on mobile phones, base stations and health and has published a number of brochures and leaflets which are available to the public.
Vodafone EGYPT has released a number of publications in Arabic, which includes a brochure on Networks and Health as well as a couple of leaflets on base stations & health and mobile phones & health
Base Station Compliance
The measurement and monitoring of environmental requirements for mobile phone base stations are part of the Egyptian environmental legislation. The Egyptian Protocol for Micro and Macro base stations outlines the requirements necessary to comply with the legislation.
The National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) carries out regular audits of all base stations to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the protocol. Safety certificates for Vodafone Egypt base stations are issued by the NTRA as evidence of compliance with the protocol. No base stations are incorporated into the Vodafone network without a safety certificate.
The protocol specifies maximum exposure limits for the public of 0.4mW/cm2 at mobile phone operating frequencies. The independent measurements by the NTRA indicate that the field levels near base stations are hundreds of times below the protocol limits.
Please contact the NTRA if you would like more information about base station safety certificates or any other request related to base station regulation.
Steps to take if you are concerned
Vodafone wants to continue to provide useful and relevant information to those members of the public who may have concerns. These include making all relevant information accessible on Vodafone's global and national websites.
If you are concerned about the health effects of mobile phones or masts we suggest that the World Health Organization's guidance on the subject may be helpful. The WHO concludes that the current scientific research indicates that exposure to radio frequency fields such as those emitted by mobile phones and masts, is unlikely to cause any adverse health effects.
The WHO states that on the basis of present scientific information there is no indication that there is a need for special precautions for use of mobile phones. However, if you are worried and you personally want to take precautionary measures, the WHO suggests you might wish to use a "hands free" device to keep mobile phones away from the head and body; or limit the length of calls.
Mobile phones have been with us for 20 years. The majority of experts who study mobile phones, masts and health have suggested no changes to their current behavior when it comes to people using mobile phones or living and working in the area close to base stations.
If you are concerned about a Vodafone base station near you, please contact us through the Customer service on 888 from your mobile or on 16888 from any landline.
International EMF Project, Geneva, Switzerland
International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, Munich, Germany
Egypt National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
Mobile Phones, Masts & Health