Swiss Engineering positions itself in favor of the deployment of new technology …

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Swiss Engineering (UTS), the main Swiss association of engineers and architects, regrets the recommendation of the Transport and Telecommunications Commission of the Council of States (CTT-E) to suspend the motion of the PLR ​​group “Network of mobile telephony. Create now the general conditions conducive to rapid deployment”. According to the association, new technologies are sources of progress, which is why it positioned itself from the beginning of the year in favor of the deployment of 5G and adaptive mobile phone antennas.

Zurich, September 7, 2022 – At its meeting on September 5, 2022, the Committee on Transport and Telecommunications of the Council of States (CTT-E) suspended the motion of the PLR ​​group “Mobile telephone network. Create now the general conditions conducive to rapid deployment”, adopted by the National Council in July 2021. Swiss Engineering regrets this decision. As a professional association of engineers and architects, Swiss Engineering is in favor of the extension of 5G and adaptive mobile phone antennas. Since the frequencies for 5G are currently the same as those used by 4G, the immission limit values ​​provided for in the RNI Ordinance have not been changed and no concessions have been granted for millimeter waves in higher frequency ranges, Swiss Engineering is committed to the introduction of 5G in Switzerland.

New technological advantages of 5G

The aim is to exploit the opportunities and advantages offered by this new mobile telephony technology as quickly as possible in the interests of Swiss society and the economy. In addition to higher data rates and faster reaction times, 5G allows for increased capacity (number of devices per antenna) and energy efficiency per unit of data transmitted. In addition, this new technology has an extremely high speed and is ten times faster than 4G. Its other advantages are improved connection to the Internet of Things (IoT) thanks to reduced latency times, signal adaptation to user needs, reduced download time, network segmentation, introduction of new video formats and augmented and virtual reality or the commissioning of autonomous vehicles, thus improving responsiveness and safety. Given these many possibilities, the more than 3,000 building permit procedures currently pending in Switzerland and the slow roll-out of 5G are all the more worrying.

5G is safe – including for health

5G also does not pose a problem in terms of health protection. Indeed, the results of previous health research can be applied to 5G. In its report published in 2019, the working group set up by the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) summarized the current state of research regarding the effect high-frequency radiation on humans and examined whether there were indications or proven evidence of effects with regard to the precautionary principle. It found that no consistent consequences on health had been demonstrated below the immission limit values ​​set by the ordinance on protection against non-ionizing radiation (ORNI) and with mobile telephone frequencies. current.

In addition, the latest monitoring report on non-ionizing radiation from the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) confirms that the population’s exposure to radiation is significantly below the legal limit values. Radiation exposure from radio applications has been declining since 2014, despite a massive increase in data transmissions. 5G contributes to this evolution.

5G meets the needs of stable mobile telephony and guarantees radiation protection

At the beginning of 2021, the FOEN published an enforcement aid for adaptive antennas, specifying that the extension of the 5G network with adaptive antennas must take place in compliance with the current limit values ​​for mobile telephone installations. This enforcement assistance takes into account both the interests of the population in radiation protection and the needs of a well-developed mobile phone network.

Swiss Engineering has thoroughly analyzed the technological, economic, political and legal aspects of 5G. Taking into account all dimensions, the constant use of frequencies and compliance with existing immission limit values, Swiss Engineering is in favor of the deployment of 5G and adaptive antennas.

About Swiss Engineering

Swiss Engineering UTS is the Swiss professional association of engineers and architects. It has a vast interprofessional network, including beyond borders. The professional association is committed to the interests of the profession in politics, economics, science and society. Swiss Engineering encourages training and continuing education, networks young experienced engineers and architects and offers professional and practical information and exchange platforms.

contacts : Uschi Roth | Spokesperson at Swiss Engineering | [email protected]

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