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European moves to speed up 5G small cell deployments


The European Commission has adopted regulation for small antennas designed to accelerate roll-out across the European Union.

The Commission has specified 5G small cells’ physical and technical characteristics, so those that comply will be exempted from having to apply for individual planning permission for each installation.

The regulations state antennas must either be “invisible or mounted in a non-obstructive way onto their supporting structure” and produce less electromagnetic emissions than a Wi-Fi installation.

Small cells for 5G should use less power than 4G tech, which the EC is banking on to ensure lower exposure limits.

The EC said its exposure limits are 50-times lower than what scientific evidence suggests is a safe level.

Picture courtesy of Deutsche Telekom