Brussels’ radiation standards too strict to be ready for 5G by 2020
The radiation standards in Brussels are too strict to be ready for the roll-out of 5G in the Brussels metropolitan region, says Agoria. According to the technology federation probably Antwerp or Liège rather than Brussels will be one of the first Belgian cities to have 5G by 2020.
Minister of Telecom, Alexander De Croo (Open Vld) shares Agoria’s anxiety about the roll-out of 5G and will ask his federal colleagues to put the matter on the agenda of the Consultation Committee with the three regional governments. “Rolling out 4G already was problematic in Brussels. We don’t want this to happen a second time as this would have severe economic consequences”, his spokesperson says.
100 times faster
The telecom industry is willing to keep on investing in digital networks and services but the government needs to create the right framework for it. One of the biggest obstacles are the strict radiation standards in the Belgian capital.
As a result Brussels will not be the first city of the country equipped with the next generation of mobile internet and will probably miss a lot of new job opportunities. De Croo agrees: “Brussels cannot miss any chances and has to be one of the first European cities with 5G.”
The Brussels radiation standards – 50 times stricter than international standards – already were an obstacle when 4G was implemented. The 5G network, which is 100 times faster than 4G, will be essential in the future because of the increased use of data for applications on smart phones, the extension of a smart city and autonomous driving cars.
“Regions and cities that will be the first to have 5G will have an economic advantage”, Agoria says. The federation stresses that the European Commission wants every member state to indicate a city to be ready for 5G by 2020. “For our country it would be Brussels and the investment plans for it should start today but the Brussels region lingers.”