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Sustainable Development and 5G

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With 5G, we have the chance to start building a better Italy. The issue now is to avoid getting bogged down in delays caused by bureaucracy or absurd ideologies and missing our chance to improve Italy’s infrastructure system.

With 5G, we have the chance to start building a better Italy. The issue now is to avoid getting bogged down in delays caused by bureaucracy or absurd ideologies and missing our chance to improve Italy’s infrastructure system.

Will there be a second wave? This is a recurring question, a fear stirring inside each of us, a black hole that could materialize in the autumn: a surge of COVID-19 outbreaks as violent as that in March and April. So, as a way to exorcise the fear, writes our Head of External Relations and Communication, Michelangelo Suigo, in the new edition of The Watcher Post, it would be best to prepare ourselves in order to minimize the negative impact on the economy. That’s what happened when companies and public administrations turned to smart working, our children studied online and we all depended on digital platforms to connect with family and friends, as well as for entertainment like streaming TV. Telecommunications companies did their part to sustain Italy’s economy, culture and people. However, some shortcomings emerged in terms of national coverage, capillarity, band efficacy and the lack of adequate digital tools among part of the population.

Today, the challenge is to unleash 5G, which facilitates many of the activities we found ourselves doing, often haphazardly, a few months ago, by minimizing bureaucratic and absurd ideological delays in developing the Italian infrastructure system.

In the article “The Italy of the Future Will Use 5G”, published in a few newspapers and backed by 11 of Italy’s leading institutes and think-tanks, an appeal is made to the Italian government, institutions and political interest groups to systematically push for creating a “solid and effective” 5G network “to accelerate Italy’s recovery, through legislative means if necessary, to centralize responsibility for authorizations, guarantee appropriate emissions parameters and liberate diverse administrations from dealing with a barrage of irrational, unscientific opinions. 5G is a necessary and urgent goal that must be implemented quickly for the sake of Italy’s future.

However, Italy’s future cannot help but address the issue of sustainability, as well, and 5G can also be of help there, too. The immense advantages of the “micro-antennas” used to transmit 5G include reduced visual impact, low electromagnetic emissions and environmental compatibility.

All that is thanks to the Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) which provide mobile coverage in very crowded areas and indoor locations that generally suffer from poor reception. What’s more, these systems are decidedly “green” due to their insignificant electromagnetic emissions levels and smaller physical size, which allows them to be strategically placed without creating an eyesore.

To guarantee constantly stable and effective signals, 5G infrastructure, like that of 4G, must be a wholly integrated system of towers and micro-coverage made up of systems like DAS.

Now as we recover, the goal is to not miss out on our chance to take advantage of this technology’s enormous potential to accelerate our recovery, and lay the foundations of a new digital society by consciously choosing to usher in the next generation of wireless networks: 5G. Italy cannot afford to be left behind due to unfounded prejudices, overcautious reluctance or unacceptable bureaucratic resistance. This has to be the “mission” of the “Simplifications Decree”, which was published last night in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic and at long last is nearing its turn for discussion in Parliament.

Let’s take this year’s lemons and make lemonade with this chance to build a better Italy. Let’s not miss our chance.