Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, our FAQ page has answers to (almost) every question. Should you not find what you are looking for, send us a message through our contact form. Our experts will be happy to help you.

Suggestions are always welcome. Together we will make Wavre the Smart City of the future.   

What call for projects did Wavre respond to?

The city of Wavre and Citymesh took part as a consortium in the first call for projects from Europe to build the first European network of the future.

More specifically, it is the ‘5G for Smart Communities’ – 5G4SC for short – organised by Connecting Europe Facilities, a department of the Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA), the European agency responsible for health, connectivity and spaceflight in Europe. 

Why was the city of Wavre selected for this call for projects?

Wavre is a particularly attractive metropolis on the European Continent, with its own character. The vision of the city council, the knowhow of the various partners, the need for further modernisation and the strategic location have all contributed to the solid proposal submitted by CONNECTOW.

Most importantly, this is a one hundred per cent Belgian project that fits perfectly in the European context, away from politics and across language barriers, making Wavre the example for other candidates. 

Are there other Walloon or Brussels towns/cities involved in the project?

No. Only Wavre, Limal and Bierges are involved in this phase of the project.

Will CONNECTOW erect masts in my garden?

Absolutely not. We go by the principle of maximum reuse and renewal of existing infrastructure where necessary. Erecting masts in back gardens is completely out of the question, now and in the future. In consultation with, and under the guidance of the competent European agencies, the Belgian regulator and the supervisory bodies, the sites will also be published on this website. 

Can I take part too?

We would like that very much! CONNECTOW wants to bring together as many partners and interested parties as possible to shape the future together.

You can contact us through the FAQ contact form for this. 

Can I talk to someone about this project?

Of course! We are flesh and blood. Most of us live in Wavre or the surrounding area ourselves, although others live a little further afield.

Make an appointment through this website and we will contact you as soon as possible!

Who is paying for this project?

The project is 75% financed by the EU.
The other 25% is, for the most, part borne by Citymesh, with the city of Wavre participating with a small share of the financing, namely in the roll-out of the various projects. 

Is 5G harmful to my health?

5G radiation comes under the category of non-ionising radiation. This means that this type of radiation is too weak to break chemical bonds and there is therefore no evidence of any effect on humans and animals. Wi-Fi, FM radio and radiation from power lines belong to the category of non-ionising radiation. 

Can the city of Wavre guarantee that the 5G technology will have no consequences for my health and that of my children?

A lot of research has already been conducted into the consequences of radiation from transmission masts and mobile phones. In its recommendation, Sciensano confirmed that the health risks can be estimated based on existing research conducted into frequencies comparable to 5G technology. The existing research shows that there are no demonstrable harmful consequences.

What is the difference between 4G and 5G? 

5G is actually an evolution of 4G in terms of radio technology. It is faster than 4G and therefore has a faster response time, so you get a faster response to your sent data. It also possesses extra capacity, making new applications possible. Want to know more? Read all about 5G here.

Is 5G already in use in Belgium?

Yes. 5G is already available in certain areas. 

Does the transition to 5G technology require the installation of new antennas?

Yes. Just like any development, this transition too requires investment in technology. The antennas still being used for 3G will, on the other hand, disappear. 

Does the use of 5G have consequences for the environment?

The only known effect of 5G radiation is heating through energy absorption. But that effect is so small that it has no influence on living things. There is therefore no reliable scientific evidence that high-frequency electromagnetic fields that come under the statutory values constitute a hazard.

Was modernisation absolutely necessary?

We are almost all connected 24/7 to the internet now anyway.
The existing networks are struggling to keep up with demand, so modernisation is indeed necessary. 

What are the advantages for businesses?

The main advantages for business are security, stability, reliability and speed. 

Will the 5G network be accessible for all companies?

Yes. In the area covered by the new network, every company will get the opportunity to take part in this process. Want to know more? Contact us through the form on this website. 

Will this project have an impact on my municipal taxes?

No, not at all. To realise this project, the organisers (in this case the city of Wavre and Citymesh) are prohibited from generating extra income over and above the funding for the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure. 

What are the consequences of this project for the city and citizens? 

CONNECTOW focuses on healthcare, education and social inclusion. That is for the good of everyone. 

Will this project have an impact on my privacy?

5G networks offer better protection for data exchange thanks to improved security protocols.

How does the project tie in with the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources?

While it is challenging to summarize this in a short and concise answer, it is important to note that the advent of new technology is opening up possibilities that were unthinkable two years ago. Let us illustrate with an example: Every communications tower has a sizeable pack of batteries at its base. These are there to ensure minimum communication with, say, 911 in the event of major power grid failures. So we collect energy - drawn from fossil fuels - 24/7 that is hardly ever used. Now suppose we were to install a smart meter in the homes of local residents and the aforementioned battery that would allow the power grid itself to decide - at the moment it can and is safe - to start using the stored energy in those batteries to, say, power the kettle in your house... Smart, right? Now we go one step further. Now if we also add solar panels to every site, we'll actually hardly need to use fossil fuels to generate and store energy. Interested in helping to shape the world of tomorrow? Then be sure to contact us!

What are smart meters?

Just like your classic analog meter, the digital meter measures your consumption. The big difference is that this digital version has an electronic display and built-in communication technology. This allows the device itself to send and receive data. Read all about smart meters here.

Does the Safety Drone take photos of my home?

No, the safety drone only provides images of the accident. Want to know more? Read all about the Safety Drone here.

Questions or suggestions?

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