The two ministers ask Edouard Philippe to delay before obtaining the opinion of the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety, reveals Elisabeth Borne in the “JDD”.

Patience. According to Elisabeth Borne and Olivier Véran, we should not rush into the deployment of 5G, this technology supposed to supplant by 2023 the current 4G. The Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health wrote to Edouard Philippe asking him “to wait for the evaluation of ANSES [l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail] before the deployment of 5G “, reveals Elisabeth Borne in an interview with Sunday newspaper, published Sunday June 21. Results are expected by the end of the first quarter of 2021.


“There have been no studies” on the health effects of the new frequencies, said ANSES in January. “Citizens request an assessment of the impacts in terms of health and the environment”, summarizes Elisabeth Borne today. The Citizens’ Climate Convention, which met this weekend to vote on the various proposals to be submitted to the government, has moreover judged this transition from 4G to 5G “of no real use”.

The main promise of 5G is to offer ubiquitous connectivity, or “ultra connectivity”, according to the terms used by Arcep. It is the possibility, for example, of remote control of billions of devices, machines and machines of all kinds and in all sectors of activity. For users, this is the promise of smoother navigation, with new offers such as the development of augmented reality and virtual reality applications on smartphones.

For the moment, a commercial opening of 5G is planned for the end of 2020. The auctions to allocate the 11 frequency blocks still available must also take place from September 20 to 30. For the State, the allocation of these frequencies represents a financial windfall, but for operators the investment is heavy and uncertain in the short term.