Dutch resistance over 3G intensifying

11 Jul 2005

The Dutch are reported to be mounting stiffening resistance to the rollout of 3G services in their country, amid continuing concerns over the adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation on people’s health and general well-being. The local newspaper De Telegraaf reports that incumbent operator KPN is threatening to launch legal proceedings against some municipalities which it feels are not complying with the rules established by an earlier ‘antennae covenant’ between government, local authorities and network operators. KPN’s Stephan Hufton said ‘we want to roll out, we have to roll out and we will roll out the 3G (UMTS) network’ despite heel dragging from some cities such as Nijmegan, Apeldoorn and Lelystad, which have suspended building licences for masts of five or more metres in height.