The service is limited to areas where companies have installed 500 antennas used in the test phase and only in nine major cities in France, according to local daily RFI.
5G has been widely anticipated and touted as a technology that will help fight climate change.
In a statement on their website, CEO of US mobile operator Verizon Hans Vestberg said, “5G has the potential to reduce up to 90% of our current power consumption,” noting that more efficient use of electricity grid would continue to support using clean and renewable energy.
In a statement to RFI, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard realized that adoption of the network for users would be slow.
“They won’t hit big numbers this winter. It’s a topic for 2021, especially in the second half, ”he said.
Orange is one of the leading French telecoms operators, with Bouyges, SFR and Free Mobile. Only Orange and Bouyges currently have 5G mobile plans available to consumers, collectively paying € 3 billion ($ 3.56 billion) to purchase the frequencies.
French regulators stipulate that by 2022, each operator must put in place 3,000 transmission towers, which will increase to 8,000 towers two years later, and a total of 10,000 by 2025.
The new technology has garnered its share of health controversy. 5G uses millimeter electromagnetic waves, also known as very high frequency waves, a much higher level along the electromagnetic spectrum than on 4G or 3G.
Numerous articles have refuted the theory that these waves cause damage to the human body, such as an April 2020 report on the online platform DigitalTrends which cites the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Agency. American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having “not formally classified RF as a carcinogen.” ”
DigitalTrends also reported that in 2014, the WHO did not establish any adverse health effects for cell phone use, but ranked the frequency 5G, with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), as “Potentially carcinogenic”, based on inconclusive evidence.
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