French govt pledges action on 5G environmental impact

Wednesday 16 September 2020 | 11:29 CET | News

Telecom authority Arcep and environment agency Ademe will help the French government define a roadmap focused on limiting the environmental impact of 5G deployments. The pledge is part of an announcement co-signed by four ministers, coinciding with the release of a 190-page report on 5G-related topics, including technical and health issues.

Expected in the coming months, the roadmap will detail how the government plans to improve digital sustainability and environmental protection. As an example, power consumption could be reduced by enforcing the use of a standby mode for 5G antennas, based on their usage.

The studies commissioned to the country's health & safety agency ANSES will be the subject of consultations and more funding will be made available to assess health risks associated with the exposure to electromagnetic fields, looking in particular at millimeter bands.

The government has also committed to improve communication so that the public is well informed on 5G developments. Additionally, mobile operators will be asked to collaborate with a monitoring committee set up to ensure a flow of transparent information for associations of regional and local authorities.

In related news, French president Emmanuel Macron has recently defended the planned deployment of 5G networks in the country. In a speech at the Elysee Palace, he said that France would continue to innovate despite detractors who would prefer "going back to the oil lamp" and pursue "the Amish model" (a reference to followers of the Amish church and their rejection of many modern technologies).

The final stage of the French 5G tender is expected to resume on 29 September, following a delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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