BEREC and RSPG adopt joint position paper on spectrum-related EMF issues

09 October 2020

In a joint paper, RSPG and BEREC are pleased to set out that accurate public information on the new technology and its interplay with electromagnetic fields (EMF), is also key for the successful acceptance of 5G networks.

Commenting on the joint paper, developed by RSPG and BEREC, Dan Sjöblom, BEREC Chair 2020, noted that “wireless connectivity is a cornerstone of our everyday lives.  The development of the fifth-generation (5G) technology standard for cellular networks, will be a game changer for the European economy and society: it will lay the ground not only for faster speeds but also for a plethora of new advanced use cases (transport and health being examples of them). At the same time, its beamforming capabilities together with the use of new frequency bands stimulated the discussion on the potential effects of electromagnetic fields exposure on human health anew.”

Frank Krüger, current chair of the RSPG, a high-level advisory group to the commission on spectrum policy, said that “5G is the most important evolution of wireless broadband in the near future. The commercial launch of 5G has already started in many Member States. RSPG will further monitor the state of play of 5G awards and authorisations regarding the 5G pioneer bands and carry on to engage in the sharing of information and experience in support of a successful roll-out of 5G in the EU, including questions related to the measurement of EMF-limits.”

The joint paper represents a precursor to future work for BEREC, recognising that, together with other competent authorities (health, environmental, radiation protection), it is important to remain open to hearing and understanding such concerns of European citizens. BEREC will, within its competence, continue to address potential barriers to wireless deployments. For example, in 2021 BEREC intends to continue to work on how best to communicate science-based EMF exposure limits recommended by experts, under its strategic pillar of promoting full connectivity. BEREC’s draft Work Programme 2021 is also open for consultation until 5 November 2020 (17:00 CET).

The RSPG provides a platform to share experiences on planned or completed awards as the main precondition for the 5G deployment. It thus gives national regulators the opportunity to discuss the full range of issues linked to those authorisations, including, but not limited to, the connectivity, efficiency and efficacy of award procedures.

BEREC and RSPG will continue to cooperate and exchange views on issues of mutual interest.