Telecom companies testing their 5G network despite potential detrimental effects to health

Telecom companies testing their 5G network despite potential detrimental effects to health

By Ephesians | Mike's Tech Blog | 4 May 2020

Multiple appeals by over 300 renowned scientists on the detrimental effects of the fifth generation network (5G) seems to be ignored by the European Commission. There is substantial evidence to believe that the EC are not doing enough to prevent the roll-out of 5G by multinational corporations.

Depending on the frequency, there are two categories of EMF: ionising and non-ionising radiation (see image below). 


High-band 5G uses frequencies of 25 – 39 GHz, near the bottom of the millimeter wave band, to achieve download speeds of 1 – 3 gigabits per second (Gbps), comparable to cable internet.

Scientists are urgently calling on the EU to halt the roll out of 5G due to serious potential health effects from this new technology. They have contacted the European Commission multiple times in 2017 through their 5G Appeal initiative.

The European Commission argued that there is consistent evidence presented by national and international bodies International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection that exposure to electromagnetic fields does not represent a health risk, if it remains below the limits set by Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC1.

The 5G Appeal tells that their experience handling with EU officials and the Governments of the Nordic countries suggests that the majority of decision makers are scientifically uninformed on health risks from RF radiation. 

A number of actions have been taken by EU countries since the appeal. For example, this year alone, we learned that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) are almost certainly in conclusion that there are insufficient studies on the health effects and risks of 5G technology to date. 

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