Industry Group Condemns U.K. Arson at Mobile Phone Masts, 5G Misinformation
Monday, April 06, 2020 | Comments

Police and counter-terrorism authorities are investigating acts of arson against mobile phone masts in the United Kingdom. Industry association GSMA said it condemns these acts of violence designed to weaken communications networks in a time of crisis.

“Our vision at the GSMA is to unlock the power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive,” a GSMA statement said. “We must unite in the global fight against COVID-19 and combat the fake news and violent actions linking 5G communications technology to the spread of the virus. This disinformation campaign is inciting fear, aggression and vandalism against the critical infrastructure and essential maintenance workers who are keeping our public services connected, as well as our economy running.”

England’s National Medical Director Stephen Powis has been reported in the media as saying: “The 5G story is complete and utter rubbish, it’s nonsense, it’s the worst kind of fake news.”

The GSMA urged governments around the world to take swift action against disinformation, vandalism and threats against mobile network field engineers.

“The telecoms industry is working around the clock to keep vital health, education and emergency services online, businesses running, and friends and families connected,” said Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA. “It is deplorable that critical communications infrastructure is being attacked based on outright mistruths. We urge everyone to trust health authorities and rest assured communications technology is safe. There is no link between 5G and COVID-19.”

In March, the International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) released new guidelines for the protection of humans exposed to RF electromagnetic fields. The guidelines cover the upcoming 5G technologies, as well as AM and DAB radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and currently used 3G and 4G mobile phones.

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