Switzerland: Popular Initiative Launched Against 5G

Popular initiative launched against 5G

Telephony: The Chancellery has given the go-ahead for the federal initiative "For a healthy and energy-efficient mobile telephony".

ats/nxp / 24heures.ch, 15 October 2019 – translation

The federal initiative "For a healthy and energy-efficient
mobile telephony" is launched. 
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photo/Keystone

The introduction of 5G mobile communication technology in Switzerland raises many concerns. Its opponents have launched a popular initiative limiting the expansion of the network. They have until 15 April 2021 to collect the necessary 100,000 signatures.

The text of the initiative calls for the limit values set by the Ordinance on Protection against Non-Ionising Radiation not to be raised, not even because of new measurement methods.

Mobile telephony and Internet services would be separated between outdoor and indoor space. Thus, the power of the transmitters would need to be lowered so that emissions do not enter a building. Inside, the data would be transmitted by fiber optic or coaxial cables, not by electromagnetic waves.

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