As 5G advances at a rapid rate and networks are deployed, testing base stations to ensure they meet the radio frequency (RF) exposure standards is an essential step for operators, regulators and the community, providing a reassurance on safety.
Since 5G is a new technology, many stakeholders including facility managers, building owners and governments and local communities are seeking extra reassurance and asking for safety compliance tests.
Preparing for 5G has been a key priority for the IEC and in 2017 we published a new global standard for testing base stations and we have just published a new Technical Report on base station compliance case studies including 5G.
While standards provide the fundamental technical requirements, the new IEC Technical Report provides a range of fully worked examples and case studies illustrating the radio frequency compliance testing methods on live sites and for the first time this includes 5G base stations and small cells.
The new Technical Report delivers three key benefits:
- Demonstrates new testing methods for 5G
- Improves global consistency and accuracy for base station tests
- Simplifies the complexity of site RF safety assessments
Our IEC team includes global experts from mobile operators, academia, government regulators, and testing laboratories. The willingness to actively collaborate and share extensive breadth of expertise is what makes this work unique and so rewarding.
5G is set to revolutionize wireless communications and play a major role in our future connected society and facilitate the road towards a more advanced Internet of Things (IoT). Knowing the importance of 5G and wireless communications on a global scale is what drives our experts, who dedicate many hours including significant personal time to work on international standardization.
Our teams are embracing new faster agile working as part of their collaborative approach to reach the important milestones and to ensure the IEC delivers on the vision of “IEC everywhere for a safer more efficient world.”
As Chairman of the IEC’s EMF Technical Committee (TC106) I am very proud to be working with our experts to ensure we develop the very best standards, and a globally harmonised approach. It’s vital the IEC keeps ahead of the game and the fast paced technology evolution.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for all involved and I congratulate the convenors and committee experts for their enthusiasm, commitment and energy delivering these important International Standards.