The Mobile and Wireless Forum (MWF) published an update to the report Implications for Mobile Communications Infrastructure of Arbitrary Radio Frequency Exposure Limits that includes discussion of how 5G deployments may be negatively impacted.
The MWF (April 2019) report summary states:
‘…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.’
It concludes that lower limits lead to: larger compliance zones; difficult site sharing; extra sites; gaps in coverage; and restrictions on technology innovation. The new content includes discussion of exposures from MIMO antennas.
Implications for Mobile Communications Infrastructure of Arbitrary Radio Frequency Exposure Limits. Mobile and Wireless Forum. April 2019.