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.
Read our Annual Report to find out more about the MWF's activities.
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.
March 2019 | Report
GARI’s mission – as relevant today as it was 10 years ago: GARI’s mission is to inform consumers about existing accessibility solutions in the market today and help them identify devices with features that best help their individual needs. This includes mobile phones with built-in screen readers, ‘simple access’ for persons who find today’s user interfaces overwhelming, Wearables with haptic feedback, Smart TVs that allow voice recognition for accessing features, or mobile apps that have been developed specifically to help overcome a barrier in daily life like finding accessible locations.
Throughout 2018 and across many meetings and events related to accessibility across the globe, the need for better information on available solutions as well as education of users and digital capacity building among persons with disabilities and older users, was a recurring theme and reconfirmed that having one central source of information on accessible devices is very much needed.
The report outlines the progress made with the GARI project and the MWF's initiatives on mobile accessibility throughout the year 2018.
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