Base violated radiation standards to prevent overloading after attacks Brussels

Mar

25

2016

The Belgian operator Base has shine antennas near Brussels after the attacks on Tuesday with more power than is permitted. By temporarily higher power wanted to prevent the operator overloading.

Base confirms the temporary violating the rules against the Walloon newspaper L’Echo. It would only be done in the area of ​​Maalbeek Zaventem where the attacks occurred. The towers in the areas around it to radiate more power could telephones Maalbeek Zaventem connect more masts, which could spread the load over more different masts.

Brussels suggests that the radiation from masts concerns stricter requirements on providers than do other Belgian regions. These strict emission standards made ​​it already difficult to establish a ubiquitous 4G network. Minister Alexander De Croo, who is responsible for telecom, wants as part of his research into the overloaded mobile network view or the radiation standards had the great failures after the attacks in Brussels. Base claims that the capacity in Brussels could be twice as high with the radiation standards of Flanders.

After the double suicide bombing hit the mobile network for hours on Tuesday morning in Brussels overloaded , making it virtually impossible to make phone calls. The number information on terrorist threat in 1771 was unattainable short time. The Belgian crisis center called not to call, to relieve the network as much as possible.

Minister De Croo placed a call on Twitter to use Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter. Telenet presented its Wi-Fi hotspots temporarily open to everyone. Facebook started its Safety Check feature, which allows users to indicate that they are safe. Google made ​​calls to Belgium with his services like Hangouts and added a free card information on the attacks to Google Now.

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