France to increase security tests on 5G waves

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The government announced Monday, October 12 its intention to double tests on the possible effects of exposure to 5G waves, before the technology is deployed throughout France.Fears around 5G are numerous and include specific concerns about the health risks of being exposed to the strong electromagnetic waves on which 5G technology is based. General suspicions about 5G technology in France have also led to vandalized antennas by people who are against new technology.

Scientists in France have demystified the health problems of 5G, but the government agency the National Frequencies Agency (AFNR) will now increase testing on mobile phones and antennas to reassure the public and local officials that 5G technology is safe.

5G smartphone tests

Smartphone tests will measure the SAR rate (specific absorption rate known as SAR or Specific Absorption Rate) to understand the amount of energy absorbed by the human body when using products that can connect to 5G networks such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.

Tests will be carried out by AFNR in a laboratory, using smartphones currently available on the French market.

In 2019, 70 types of smartphones were tested and in 2021 this number will increase to 140. This means that 80% of popular smartphone models sold in France are expected to be tested by AFNR in 2021.

The results will be made public.

5G tests on antennas

5G antennas are already undergoing strict testing by AFNR – in 2019 more than 3,000 were tested. These tests revealed an average exposure nearly 150 times lower than the maximum level thresholds defined by French and European standards.

Cédric O, junior minister of the digital economy said in a statement that the tests on the antennas will also increase. He said: “As part of the 5G launch, ANFR will perform 4,800 specific tests to measure the strength of antenna emissions before and after the 5G deployment.”

Mr. O confirmed that local officials would have full access to the results of these tests.

Access to 4G technology is also improved

Mr. O’s office also recalled that, rather than focusing only on 5G, its main priorities are “to improve 4G mobile coverage and accelerate the deployment of new fiber optic networks in order to guarantee everyone quality fixed and mobile Internet access ”.

To this end, 2,000 new pylons will be installed in France in the coming years to reduce the number of white areas (dead zones) where people cannot access the internet.

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