Scott Neil Updated: May 16, 2021 03:08 PM
A moratorium on the deployment of 5G technology in Bermuda has been lifted by the Regulatory Authority.
It paves the way for telecom companies with the appropriate licence to roll-out Fifth Generation wireless technology, which allows for faster data speeds than 4G networks used on the island today.
However, 5G technology has attracted debate, with concerns being raised about alleged health impacts from its use of higher frequency microwaves than previous mobile networks.
The RA last year put a moratorium on the deployment of the technology and launched a public consultation.
It has now conducted what it said was an “extensive review process”, which included a report from an independent advisory panel.
In the report, the panel concluded that radiation safety science did not support the view that 5G will be harmful to people, or to flora or fauna. The panel recommended the lifting of the moratorium on 5G roll-out.
The safety standards, in respect of human exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields, are those published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, or the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.