Do the electromagnetic frequencies generated by wireless devices and networks cause cancer or other health problems? And, if they do, how significant are the dangers the public will be exposed to when 5G cellular networks will become widely available in the future?
Medical studies demonstrate a correlation between cancerous tumors in laboratory animals and radio frequency radiation from the weaker cellular networks that were in use in the past; this research tested the effects of radiation levels that were present in 2G and 3G cellular networks. That leaves us to wonder about the effects resulting from radiation from the stronger 4G networks currently in widespread use – and what the effects will be like from the significantly stronger 5G networks that have yet to be rolled out.
According to researchers at Ericsson, 5G networks will provide between 10 to 100 times more capacity than 4G networks do now. To be effective in their delivery of signals powerful enough to facilitate the internet of things, they tell us that base stations or antennas will need to be located at intervals roughly equating to every block and a half. However, other experts believe that the base stations or antennas will need to be placed much closer together. They’ll need to be located in front of every two to ten homes, according to experts at the USA-based non-profit organisation known as Environmental Health Trust.
The Daily Mail reports the current number of cell towers in the USA at 154,000 and points out that 800,000 more are necessary to enable 5G.
Respected researchers, scientists and doctors from multiple nations and continents are stepping forward to warn lawmakers and public health authorities that more research is needed before we recklessly implement this technology. Considering the projections for the necessity of such numerous additional installations of the 5G technology, it seems reasonable to heed their warnings.
In the EU, a group of scientists requested a moratorium on the rollout of 5g mobile networks. This request was prompted by their mutual concern that 5G will result in a widespread and unavoidable increase in exposure to wireless radiation that will adversely affect people, animals plants and the environment.
What About the Safety of the National Broadband Network (NBN)?
The NBN has more than its fair share of problems, as we’ve reported in the past. But, apparently, safety isn’t one of them. Experts at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) have studied the issue and concluded that they do not expect problems with adverse health effects from NBN wireless base station emissions. So, that’s one check mark in favor of NBN plans over 5G cellular networks.
When comparing NBN against 5G, these health concerns are an important thing to take into consideration. Some techies are predicting that 5G networks will be a viable alternative to the NBN, but it seems more careful scientific and medical research is warranted before we definitely come to that conclusion.