At Spark our purpose is to help all of New Zealand win big in a digital world. To help enable New Zealand’s digital future, Spark is adding new wireless infrastructure and has begun launching 5G services.
We understand that for some of our customers, adding cell sites to our network, and upgrading to the latest technology standard may raise questions around perceived health risks.
So on this page, we’ve outlined the following:
We’ve also included some information about 5G, the fifth generation of mobile technology.
At Spark we’re seeing an unprecedented growth in demand for digital services. This rise in data use is being driven by several factors. These include the following:
We’re continuously upgrading our network to cater for Kiwis’ desire to take part in a digital world. This includes building new cell sites and bringing 5G to New Zealand. These investments will help ensure we can continue to provide a world-class service for our customers.
Mobile technology is based on radio technology that has been used for over 100 years for a range of everyday services. Examples include:
Unlike television and radio transmitters, mobile telecommunications equipment uses just enough power control to maintain call quality.
Scientists have been studying the effects of radio frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on people for decades. Sometimes referred to as "radio waves", an EMF1 is a field produced by electric charges in motion. Sources of EMFs include:
In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health Interagency Committee on the Health Effects of Non-Ionising Fields monitors research into electromagnetic fields (EMFs)2. The Committee reviews local and international research and makes recommendations whether New Zealand Standard remains appropriate for protection of human health.
All mobile cellular transmissions lie in the non-ionising part of the radio spectrum. Non-ionising radiation lies below the ultraviolet (UV) range of frequencies, and also carries low energy radiation that does not upset the molecular structure of the human body.