What is 5G?

5G is the 5th generation of wireless telecommunication technology, following 2G, 3G and 4G. It is expected to provide faster connections with higher capacity and fast response times which, as well as improving mobile services, will be used for new applications such as e-health, smart energy networks or smart farming.

Does the EPA have a role in the deployment of 5G?

In 2016, the European Commission issued a 5G Action Plan for Europe, which sets out a proposed timetable for the deployment of 5G by member States, including coverage in at least one city by 2020 and in all urban areas by 2025.

The EPA has no role in the deployment of 5G. The EPA's role is to provide advice and information on public exposure to EMF within the spectrum of 0 Hz to 300 GHz. This range includes the radio frequencies that are envisaged for 5G.

The information below aims to address some of the typical questions we receive regarding 5G: