Wallonia relaxes radiation standards to enable 5G deployment

22 Apr 2022

The regional government of Wallonia has approved an increase in electro-magnetic radio emissions by mobile antennas to enable the deployment of 5G services in southern Belgium. In accordance with the recommendations of a group of independent experts appointed last October, the maximum limit for non-ionising radiation will be aligned with that applied in neighbouring Flanders. The authorities have chosen to exclude the use of mmWave frequencies for 5G, however, judging more research is needed on the potential effects on public health.

The government noted the decision had been made with due regard for the precautionary principle and public health, while various measures will be implemented to limit the environmental impact. To this end the authorities will constantly monitor exposure levels and undertake a ten-year study into the effects on people and the environment. Finally, a task force will be established to ensure mobile network operators meet concrete commitments regarding investment in rural areas, sustainability initiatives and infrastructure sharing and interoperability.

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