Switzerland is intending introducing a monitoring system around fifth-generation (5G) technology that will alleviate the country’s concerns about the likely impacts of the technology’s mobile frequency emissions and will also smoothen the deployment process of the cutting edge technology, as said the government on Wednesday.
The Swiss cabinet agreed to empower the federal environmental agency to measure levels of non-ionizing radiation, assess the risks from that radiation and will regularly make its findings public.
The move came addressing to the worries of the citizens, who were claiming potential health risks arising from 5G mobile frequency emissions; and after unwillingness of some cantons for authorizing the deployment of new antennas required to support the 5G technology, which telecom operators got licenses of through an spectrum auction this February raising 380 million Swiss francs ($377 million) for the country.
In the time when the telecom operators around the world are rushing to grab the 5G frequencies to leave the competitors behind in providing new digital services like powering internet-of-things or autonomous vehicles, remotely control and manage smart devices and sensors, robotic medical procedures and also fifth-generation of mobile networks is ready to propagate in many countries in the coming years, but on the other hand, the concerns have also been raising among the people that the equipment being used to deliver that 5G technology services are generating radiation emissions that are more than likely of being harmful to the human health.
Same is the case in Switzerland, where half of the population sees the mobile antennas generating radiation that might be dangerously impacting to health and these fears increase when they also have reservations of non-measuring of the radiation levels on regular basis, a report by Swiss government noted.
Swiss parliament has also twice refused to change existing emissions levels, until the accomplishment of the research into the risks possibly be arising from the 5G.