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03 December 2019

Swiss govt working group suggests more investments in 5G network, monitoring effects of radiation on health

Swiss govt working group suggests more investments in 5G network, monitoring effects of radiation on health
telecompaper.com, 2 December 2019

The mobile communications and radiation working group of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment has published a report on the expansion of 5G and its impact on health. The report noted that the consequences on health of radio frequencies under the limits established in the regulation on protection against non-ionising radiation (NISV) have not been consistently proven. At the same time, science and practice have given different opinions on the effects that occur below the values.

To supply a "good quality" 5G network, the working group said one option would be to build another 26,500 antennas. Their construction would take 20 to 30 years and cost CHF 7.9 billion, with CHF 2.1 billion going on operation of the network over five years.



The report suggested six measures to expand mobile networks, including a simplified implementation of the NISV, further development of techniques to monitor the effects of exposure to radiation on health, and improving information to the population about mobile radiation. Moreover, the report suggested stepping up research into the possible effects of radiation on health, to create a medical advice centre for non-ionising radiation with the support of the government, and to continue talks on the matter under the new "Mobile Communications of the Future" exchange platform.

In 2016, the Swiss Federal Council launched the "Digital Switzerland" strategy and readopted the strategy in 2018 for two more years.

Swisscom has welcomed the conclusions of the report issued by the working group. Christoph Aeschlimann, CIO and CTO of Swisscom, said that now, "politicians will need to decide the conditions to impose on telecoms providers" for the expansion of the mobile network in Switzerland.

However, Swisscom cannot make "tens of billions in investments", he added, referring to the costs included in the report to build the 5G network. Current regulations are already resulting in "extremely high additional costs" and in a major delay to 5G expansion, he said. Aeschlimann also added that Swisscom supports the recommendation of the working group on monitoring the effects of exposure to radiation on health, and further research into the topic.

https://www.telecompaper.com/news/swiss-govt-working-group-suggests-more-investments-in-5g-network-monitoring-effects-of-radiation-on-health--1318151

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