The French Consumer group (UFC Que Choisir): wait for the conclusions of ANSES before embarking on 5G

The French Consumer group (UFC Que Choisir) is a membership organisation for consumer groups around the world.

Established in 1951, Union Fédérale des Consommateurs (UFC Que Choisir) is a not-for-profit organisation with a nation-wide network of nearly 170 local organisations that handles more than 100,000 consumer complaints a year. Through its monthly publication, the high-profile magazine ‘Que Choisir’ and its wide readership in excess of 500,000 individual subscribers, UFC-Que Choisir carries out in-depth research and test comparison for a range of goods and services. The three pillars of the UFC Que Choisir are: Independence, democracy and solidarity.

Who they are:

We believe in a world where everyone has access to safe and sustainable products and services. We bring together over 200 member organisations in more than 100 countries to empower and champion the rights of consumers everywhere.

We are their voice in international policy-making forums and the global marketplace to ensure they are treated safely, fairly and honestly. We are resolutely independent, unconstrained by businesses or political parties.

We work in partnership and exercise our influence with integrity, tenacity and passion to deliver tangible results.

UFC Que Choisir Deployment of 5G:

Published on 07/09/2020

Highlights ( Auto-translated):

UFC-Que Choisir asks:

•To the Prime Minister, not to allow the marketing of 5G until the results of the ANSES study on the health effects linked to exposure to electromagnetic fields in its 3.5 GHz frequency band will be known.

•To ARCEP (the regulatory authority for electronic communications), to focus its work within the framework of its platform for digital sustainability. Data and energy consumption must be regulated.

•To the DGCCRF (General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control), to set up regulations protecting consumers from marketing practices by operators around this new technology.

• The UFC-Que Choisir invites the DGCCRF to “strictly supervise the commercial communication of operators” to prevent 5G from being oversold. 

•In particular, it suggests banning “that an operator may promote 5G at superb speeds in local marketing campaigns in areas where it will only be supplied via a frequency allowing only speeds at best at 4G level”

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