Indicator electrosmog

Volume of mobile telecommunications data

Mobile phone networks are not only used for the transmission of phone calls, they are increasingly being used for the transmission of data. Data transmission increased sharply following the introduction of smartphones. The greater the volume of transmitted data (e.g. videos, music, games, e-mails, apps), the higher the transmission power has to be.

Assessment of the state
impossible to evaluate impossible to evaluate
Assessment of the trend
impossible to evaluate impossible to evaluate
Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2016*: 263594864 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2015: 149874789 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2014: 84743519 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2013: 32719551 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2012: 16618004 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2011: 9700754 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2010: 6509426 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2009: 2378732 Data transmitted via mobile telecommunications 2008: 701715
*temporary value

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: OFCOM
Comment

Mobile communication plays a crucial role in the digitisation of society and the world of work. According to the Federal Council’s “Digital Switzerland” strategy, Switzerland should be among the world’s leading countries in terms of the availability and use of mobile and fixed broadband connections. This (initial) state is fulfilled and cannot be evaluated from an environmental perspective.

The level of exposure to high-frequency radiation in the public space is still relatively low. However, the volume of data transmitted via mobile telecommunications (with video applications accounting for more than half) has risen sharply in the past few years: the current rate of increase is equivalent to almost a doubling of the volume each year. This development is expected to persist for the next few years. The change in the
level of exposure to mobile communication radiation has not yet been assessed. For that reason, the trend cannot be evaluated.

Method

Information regarding the volume of transmitted data is obtained from mobile network operators.

 
Last updated on: 13.11.2018

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