EMF safety and 5G mmWave networks
Here we look at EMF and 5G mmWave networks. Importantly, national and international safety guidelines already include the use of mmWaves. And the guidelines protect all people against all established health hazards.
Millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum is essential for maximising 5G’s potential by offering gigabit speeds and the lowest latencies. The range provides fibre-like connectivity to suburban and rural areas. It is also crucial for providing ubiquitous connectivity in manufacturing plants, stadia and travel hubs.
For policymakers it is important to make the most of this opportunity in a safe and effective way. Here are some important steps:
EMF and 5G mmWave for policymakers
- Adopt international RF-EMF limits and compliance methods: Countries should adopt the ICNIRP (2020) limits and use international technical standards for RF-EMF compliance assessment.
- Update RF-EMF deployment rules: Streamline deployment rules to support greater densification of antennas, especially in urban centres.
- Practice effective EMF communication: National authorities should take the lead role in efforts to inform the public and address misinformation about
- Prepare for interest during licensing: There may be submissions questioning safety and it is important to prepare responses based on the consensus of health agencies.