Apr 1, 2019 | Original article here.
Plans for a pilot project to provide high-speed 5G wireless internet in Brussels have been halted due to recognition of the adverse impacts of RF-EMR exposures on the health of citizens, according to reports.
In July 2018, the government concluded an agreement with three Telecom operators to relax the strict RF-EMR exposure standards in Brussels. But according to the Region, it is now impossible to estimate the RF-EMR exposures from the antennas required for the 5G service.
Environment minister Céline Fremault (CDH) told Bruzz:
"I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not. The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt."
A pilot project is not feasible with the current radiation standards, and Fremault told Bruzz that she does not intend to make an exception. The Brussels region has particularly RF-EMR exposure standards for Telecom applications. The standard of 6 volts per meter has already led to problems in the past with providing fast mobile internet via 4G in the capital.
Last week, the various governments in Belgium once again failed to reach agreement on the auctioning of the 5G licences. The file remains stuck on the distribution of the proceeds. It will be up to the next government to handle the proposal, said Telecom Minister Philippe De Backer (Open VLD) last week.