5G offers a solution for coping with the massive growth in data usage. At the same time, the advantages (greatly improved speed, near-zero latency and network quality) will enable new applications that answer societal challenges in such diverse areas as mobility, health, safety, energy management, etc. And it will deliver real added value for industry, in greater flexibility and productivity, new and/or improved products and services, etc.
The health risks of radio frequencies have been scientifically studied for over 25 years. The International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), whose members comprise high-level, independent and international scientific experts, provides recommendations to protect people and the environment from the potentially harmful risks of non-ionising waves (in particular, those used for mobile communication). This organisation has just updated its recommendations, confirming the existing standards with slight modifications to take 5G into account.
These standards are recommended by the WHO and the EU. They are also followed by the vast majority of countries, especially within the EU. In Belgium, this is a regional responsibility, and the standards are set far below these recommendations: 4x stricter in Flanders, more than 4x stricter in Wallonia (which has adopted a standard by antenna, without a limit for all antennae, making comparison more difficult) and 50 times stricter in Brussels. In summary the situation is as follows: