August 2019 | Viewpoint
5G is the 5th generation of mobile networks, a significant evolution of today’s 4G networks. It is being designed to meet the very large growth in data and connectivity of today’s modern society, the internet of things with billions of connected devices and tomorrow’s innovations. In addition to delivering faster connections and greater capacity, a very important advantage of 5G is the fast response time referred to as latency, which for 5G will be around 1 millisecond which is virtually instantaneous. This enables the widespread connection of devices for our smart cities and homes, autonomous and safer vehicles, enhanced health care and education.
May 2019 | Discussion Paper
As part of the GARI project, the MWF has committed to regular reviews of the features that we report on in light of changes in the technology and customer needs. As a result, we invite all stakeholders to provide any comments or suggestions on the features that they would like to see reported on by manufacturers, as well as comments on the usability of the GARI website.
April 2019 | Brochure
5G addresses the very large growth in data and connectivity demand as more and more devices go online and remain connected 24/7. 5G offer much faster connections, shorter response times (latency) and increased capacity, and is a key infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) and innovation of emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, smart manufacturing and virtual reality.
However, public concern over the deployment of this infrastructure in some countries has led to the adoption of arbitrary restrictions, such as lower national exposure limits. These restrictions are not based on a clear scientific rationale taking into account the weight of research. Such measures provide no additional health protection for the community but they do have a real impact on efficient network deployment and operation and can adversely affect the introduction and deployment of new technologies such as 5G that would otherwise provide further economic and social benefits to the community. This paper examines the technical and public policy implications of arbitrarily lower RF exposure limits.
April 2019 | Report
Thanks to the MWF’s long-term commitment and continuous advancements in these areas, the association has positioned itself as a proactive and reliable partner in promoting mobile accessibility, raising awareness about the issue and dangers of counterfeit devices and helping to address questions about the health and safety of wireless devices.
In 2018, the MWF was active in 56 countries around the world, engaged with regional organizations on six continents and worked in collaboration with a wide network of associations, standardization bodies, research institutions and regulatory bodies.
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April 2019 | Viewpoint
The region of Brussels in Belgium introduced arbitrarily low EMF exposure limits more than a decade ago, which caused problems for 4G deployment and now threatens 5G with the delay of a planned pilot deployment. It should be noted that the EMF limits were introduced for political purposes and contrary to the advice of the World Health Organization which states: “Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.”
March 2019 | Infographic
With the ever-increasing demand for data on mobile devices, network operators are looking at a range of options to increase their network capacity. One of these options is through the use of ‘small cell’ sites, an umbrella term for operator-controlled, low-powered radio access nodes.
While the radio-frequency exposure from small cells is equivalent to other low-powered equipment, there has been interest in a practical study of the devices in real world settings. For this reason, the MWF and the Small Cell Forum commissioned in 2017 a measurement program, the results of which were published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The graph summarises the study set up and conclusions.
Health Policy Update