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31 January 2018

Switzerland: Parliamentary Commission Calls for Relaxing Mobile Radiation Limits

The 7 to 6 vote in favor of relaxing mobile radiation limits was from the Commission members of the Council of States which met on 29 January.  On 12 February, the Commission members of the National Council will vote on the same issue.

Swiss Parliamentary Commission calls for relaxing mobile radiation limits
CET | News, 31 January 2018

The Swiss Parliament's Commission for Transport and Telecommunications has called for the Federal Council to review the regulation on non-ionising radiation (NISV), in order to prevent a collapse of mobile networks and to address the challenges of digitisation. The drastic increase in the use of the existing mobile infrastructure in recent years and the difficult expansion of new facilities make determined action by the Federal Council unavoidable. The Parliamentary Commission called for a relaxation of the strict NISV regulation, while still remaining in line with international standards.

On 8 December 2016, the Council of States rejected the draft document 'Ensuring upgrade of mobile networks as soon as possible'. How much pressure there is on the existing mobile infrastructure, however, was only recently known. The current evaluations of the largest mobile network operator show that around 50 percent of all facilities throughout Switzerland already use more than 90 percent of the approved transmission power of the respective location. For 75 percent of all systems, 70 percent of the available capacity has already been exhausted. This utilisation is even higher in certain cantons and cities.

Considering the doubling of the volume of data every 12 months as well as the rapid increase in the number of devices connected to the mobile internet (around 70 million by 2020 in Switzerland), the urgency of the regulatory measures becomes even clearer, stated the commission. There is also a risk that Switzerland will lag in 5G deployment if the issue is not addressed.


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