The government of Namibia is reportedly undertaking an assessment of the environmental impact of 5G before introducing the technology to the market.
Local outlet The Namibian reports that the country’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism was ordered to conduct the review just weeks after the Windhoek municipality revealed that it was upgrading the city’s mobile network to prepare it for 5G.
TeleGeography notes that the city received Class Comprehensive Electronic Communication Network Services and Electronic Communications Services licences from regulator CRAN (Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia) in March 2020.
The environmental assessment was likely announced as a follow-up to the government instructing CRAN to prepare a 5G strategy for Namibia and submit it to the country’s cabinet. Information minister Peya Mushelenga has stated that environmental considerations should be accounted for before the introduction of 5G.