Drastic rise in GSM antennas expected
20 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Within several years, there will be six times the number of GSM antennas in Belgium, rising from 6,000 to 20,000 and eventually to 40,000.
20 July 2005
BRUSSELS — Within several years, there will be six times the number of GSM antennas in Belgium, rising from 6,000 to 20,000 and eventually to 40,000.
Telecoms firm BASE said in urban areas antennas will be located just 800m apart or at worst at distances of 500m. They will be placed on top of flats, churches and light poles.
BASE spokeswoman Ann Desterbeck said the increase is due to UMTS technology, which gives consumers access to mobile internet or television on a mobile phone.
However, this data is too "heavy" for the present generation of antennas, which will need to be replaced by more modern versions, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Wednesday.
However, UMTS antennas have a smaller range, requiring a higher number of antennas to achieve adequate coverage.
Proximus, Mobistar and the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) talk of a more modest growth.
They said by the end of 2007 there will be 9,000 GSM antennas instead of the present tally of 6,000.
This will only reach 50 percent of Belgian nationals, however, and BASE claims for 100 percent UMTS coverage, the number of GSM antennas will need to drastically increase.
But to minimise the nuisance factor, industry regulations state that the telecoms operators must use the same locations for GSM antennas.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news