Mobile operators and other frequency licensed organizations in the Member States of the Commonwealth wishing to operate their 5G network in the millimeter wavelength band (also) can benefit significantly from the framework issued by the European Commission yesterday. In this band, extremely close points can be connected wirelessly, and antennas are often needed – a clear, universal set of rules for their placement and design is now the EU's executive body.
Precise definition of physical and technical parameters for antenna systems serves two important purposes. On the one hand, since these antennas need to be densely spaced to achieve adequate coverage, they should only stand out from the environment as little as possible. The uniform specifications also specify the maximum power consumption and electromagnetic radiation of small antennas.
The latter was fired so that the antenna of a 5G microcell would emit less radiation compared to outdoor and indoor Wi-Fi systems currently deployed in public places or other locations (e.g., factory units). In its communication, the Commission adds that the electromagnetic radiation from microcell antennas remains well below the EU limit, which is already one-fiftieth the level of radiation that can have any effect on human health.
For infrastructure owners it may be particularly good news that the administrative burden associated with the installation of microcells could be significantly reduced in return. This will save the lengthy and, depending on location, extremely cumbersome licensing process for 5G microcells that meet the Commission's specifications in terms of their technical parameters.
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