Brussels Minister pleads for 5G test zone
Brussels Minister for Employment and Digital Transition, Bernard Clerfayt (DéFi), pleads in favor of the development of a 5G test zone in the Belgian capital city. In addition to preparing Brussels for the future, including self-driving mobility, this test aims at studying the impact of 5G waves exposure.
The development of the fifth generation of wireless technology for cellular networks, or 5G, is growing every day. The technology is said to offer increased data transfer speed, which surely will help anybody to download emails faster. However, more importantly, 5G will also boost the development of connected and self-driving mobility. Indeed, both technologies require very intensive data transfers. BMW strongly bets on wireless technology for its future autonomous vehicles.
Setting up conditions
“As touchy as the subject is, 5G remains a fundamental strategic issue for the technological and economic development of an international capital city such as Brussels. It brings questions that should be answered in a transparent and open debate,” declared Bernard Clerfayt (DéFi), Brussels Minister for Employment and Digital Transition.
“Of course, 5G can’t be set up if the Federal government doesn’t give the green light for it. However, the Federal government won’t greenlight it if Brussels hasn’t established any deployment conditions,” adds the Minister.
Test in Brussels
5G might be seen as the holy grail of technologies, but its introduction faces some pushback, especially regarding its impact on health. As 5G operates on three different spectrum bands, unlike 4G or LTE, there are concerns regarding its emissions.
“At the moment, norms have been put up for every antenna, omitting that all kinds of other devices emit ionizing waves. As with noise control, it’s necessary to work on the overall level of perceived waves. A new control method could reassure the population because the development of 5G doesn’t always lead to increase exposure to waves,” explains Bernard Clerfayt.