0 Theme: Health Network Author: March 26, 2015

Mobile internet still on hold in Brussels

At the end of October 2014, a request for annulment was submitted to the Constitutional Court by a number of
associations, including Inter-Environnement Bruxelles, against the 6V/m Order of 3 April 2014 on the radiation
produced by mobile telephone antennae in Brussels. The order was meant to amend the so-called “3V/m” Order,
so excessively strict that it made it impossible to roll out any new mobile technologies in the Belgian capital.
The Court is expected to make a decision by the end of the year. If the outcome is unfavourable, Brussels might have
to say goodbye to 4G.

0 Theme: Corporate Social responsability Health Network Author: March 10, 2015

The latest scientific data confirms that electromagnetic fields have no adverse health effects

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), an independent science committee that provides opinions for the European Commission, has just published its latest opinion concerning the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. This committee’s main conclusions are very reassuring, as they show that according to the results of current scientific research, there are no adverse health effects if exposure remains below the levels recommended by European legislation.

0 Theme: Consumer protection Health Network Spectrum Tariffs and Choice Author: July 10, 2014

Excellent customer service: the third essential pillar for mobile telephony

  The most significant signal contained in the latest report by the Telecom Ombudsman Service shows a considerable decline in the number of complaints from consumers about the services they received last year from the mobile operators. The number of comments about BASE has, in common with other years, again declined, and this time by … Continued

0 Theme: Consumer protection Health Network Spectrum Tariffs and Choice Author: June 24, 2014

The challenge for mobile telephony in Belgium? A regulatory framework favourable for investments for the next 5 years.

Now the regional and federal formation discussions are coming up to speed, time has come for the negotiators to really take the mobile telephony industry into account. The industry directly employs 4,000 people and indirectly more than 30,000. Together the three mobile operators have paid since their creation more than 1,5 billion € in licence … Continued

0 Theme: Health Network Author: April 25, 2014

Radiation standards: the necessity of a vision based on the long-term deployment of mobile networks

Over the past 5 years there has been plenty of discussion about radiation standards, especially in Brussels. Since a decision of the Constitutional Court in January 2009 ruling that competency on the subject belongs with the regional authorities and is no longer federal, each region has adopted its own standards. While in Wallonia and Flanders the situation was rather stable and permitted the deployment of new technologies without too many difficulties, the situation was more chaotic in Brussels, which missed the 4G train. A new legislative framework, which was narrowly approved, should enter into effect in Brussels just before the elections. BASE Company hopes that it will make it possible to regain lost time – but this framework, which remains based on the short-term, will have to be re-assessed quickly once the new regional coalition has been installed, in concert with the sector.

0 Theme: Health Network Author: April 22, 2013

And meanwhile in Brussels, the 2G and 3G networks are deteriorating…

Over the past two months, discussions have been rife in Brussels’ political circles about the potential revision of the Brussels 3V/m standard that regulates emissions from mobile phone masts. The crux of the matter is that operators are unable to deploy a 4G network in Brussels because of this very standard. Hence the general consensus that has come to reign among Brussels’ politicians that there is effectively a problem with this overly stringent standard. However, in the run-up to the 2014 elections, no one knows when and how it can be solved. Meanwhile, oblivious to this pending decision, our 2G and 3G networks are continuing to deteriorate…

0 Theme: Health Network Author: December 3, 2012

Whatever the Minister might say, 4G in Brussels really is not for tomorrow!

« The Development of 4G seems possible within the framework of the ordinance, provided that certain efforts are made by the operators » (http://www.weblex.irisnet.be/Data/Crb/Biq/2012-13/00014/images.pdf p. 15) said Minister Huytebroeck in the Parliament 15 days ago. Last July, the Minister emphasised that she wasn´t worried about the deployment of 4G in Brussels (http://evelyne.huytebroeck.be/spip.php?page=article&id_article=1180&lang=fr). During the bilateral meetings held between the Minister´s staff and the operators, however, the message was unanimous: in the current situation, a 4G deployment is not possible, and the operators are doing everything in their power to guarantee the present network.

% Theme: Health Network Author: October 23, 2012

A Charter signed between the City of Paris and operators: paving the way for the deployment of 4G

“It is increasingly complicated to deploy.” (…) The deployment of new antennas in the capital (is) blocked (…), threatening the rollout of 4G. This explains why provincial towns have been selected for the pilot schemes.” Sounds as if you’re in Brussels? No, in fact you’re in Paris … However, unlike Brussels, last Wednesday the Paris authorities adopted a policy (http://a06.apps.paris.fr/a06/jsp/site/plugins/odjcp/DoDownload.jsp?id_entite=23202&id_type_entite=6) that will pave the way for the deployment of 4G on the city’s territory while giving the population every possible guarantee in terms of health and safety. Paris will have its 4G network. Again (http://www.basefacts.be/network/the-3vm-decree-in-brussels-kpnbase-worried-about-the-future-of-mobile-phone-networks-in-brussels ), it’s just a pity that the same can’t be said for the European capital.