Telcos Bracing For 5G Backlash
Australian telcos are bracing for a possible public backlash against the rollout of 5G mobile networks as concerns grow about the supposed health effects of 5G electromagnetic radiation.
Some local councils have received expressions of concern about 5G, even before the network has been rolled out in their areas.
Dozens of forums and articles have appeared online, claiming that 5G emissions can causes brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumours and Alzheimer’s disease, but at this stage they any lack scientific or medical support.
The technology promises lightning-fast speed using very high frequency spectrum known as millimetre-wave and critics say the effect of these high frequency waves on human health are unknown.
But the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency says there are no established health effects from the radio waves used in 5G networks – and the use of higher frequencies does not mean higher or more intense exposure.