Economic impact


Decrease in property value

Given the compact size of the village, the proximity of the antenna to residential areas will impact certain home-owners who may risk facing a devaluation in the value of their property.


>>> Did you know that properties located near a mobile phone mast can lose 10 to 30% in value (even up to 50% in the most extreme cases)?


Financial responsibility


Mobile phone masts are typically built on land that is leased by mobile phone operators.  This clever approach releases the operators from any legal responsibility. It is therefore the landowner, in this case the local Council of Chavannes-des-Bois, and not the mobile phone operator, that will be exposed in the event of any ensuing lawsuits related to claims for loss of property value or health-related damages.


>>> If any legal claims were forthcoming, would the Council of Chavannes-des-Bois be financially able to assume this risk?



Once a 25 metre high 4Gmobile mast is built at the entrance to the village of Chavannes-des-Bois, mobile phone operators will de factobe able to transpose it straight to a 5G mobile antenna. When considering the installation of a 4G mobile mast, therefore, it is important to anticipate the advent of 5G since 5G technology requirements dictate the need for a much higher mobile mast. This is because 5G uses higher frequency millimetre waves which are easily absorbed by foliage and buildings and the height is needed to overcome this challenge.


The following consequences are foreseen:

Electronic waste


When phone companies upgrade their infrastructure to 5G, we will have to replace all our electronic devices (phones, iPads, etc.) in order to use this new technology. Overall, 41.8 million tonnes of “e-waste” were dumped around the globe in 2014 according to the United Nations.


>>> At a time when we are all trying to be more environmentally-responsible, is this sensible?


Unnecessarily precipitous ? 

It would seem much wiser to wait before proceeding with the installation of a 25 metre mobile mast – especially given the growing opposition against 5G mobile antennae across Switzerland, which could result in 5G deployment conditions becoming more stringent. 


A moratorium on the construction of mobile masts has already been decreed in the cantons of Geneva, Vaud and the Jura whilst awaiting the conclusion of a report on the subject to be published by the Swiss Federal Environment Office. The canton of Fribourg decided in early June 2019 that any future mobile antennae must be subject to building permit regulations. The canton of Neuchâtel has chosen to implement the precautionary principle. More than 80 local Councils across Switzerland have formally opposed the construction of mobile antennae on their land. The Swiss Federal Chancellery has given the green light to a Federal initiative for “A mobile telecommunications network that is respectful of health and energy consumption”. 


In addition, aerial technology (cellular networks) may become obsolete from 2020. The development of satellite networks (Starlink satellite constellation) is expected to support worldwide high-speed coverage and could replace current and upcoming mobile masts.

Chavannes-des-Bois could find itself in a rather awkward situation with a redundant mobile mast if the rollout of 5G and relevant deployment conditions were to change.