Educating people about 5G is absolutely necessary

Uncertainty lurks everywhere. The new 5G mobile network will be stronger and faster. With it, a lot of data can be transmitted in a few milliseconds. At the same time, doubts arise as to whether the network complies with the radiation limits.

The telecommunications providers are working under pressure on the 5G network. This is understandable, after all, 6.5 billion euros went to the state for the first frequencies. Now the comprehensive network that the winners promised at the auction is still missing. A lot more masts are needed for this than for LTE.

Varying study results

It is therefore not surprising that at the same time voices become louder connecting more electromagnetic waves and thus electrosmog with the new network. So far there are only two reliable studies that could confirm a negative effect of radiation on the body. On the one hand, there is the National Toxicology Program, a research project by the American Department of Health and Human Services. For one study, several thousand mice and rats were exposed to cell phone radiation for several hours. As a result, the researchers found that there could be a link between radiation and cancer in certain animals. An Italian study by the University of Bologna came to the same conclusion. However, it must be noted here that these were tests that rarely occur in reality, since the radiation alone was higher than permitted in Germany.

However, many studies indicate that the radiation directly at the device is the highest. Talking on the phone for hours with the device directly to the head should therefore perhaps be avoided. Rather, one could activate the hands-free feature on the device when the user is alone. Because just a few centimeters between the device and the body are considered to make a big difference.

If you want to get a really comprehensive picture of the effects of electromagnetic radiation, you should take a look at the EMF portal of RWTH Aachen. There are now over 30,000 publications and almost 7,000 summaries. So far, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection has given the green light for the new mobile radio standard. An open and informative communication policy of all actors would still be appropriate, because only in this way can 5G really be successful.

Ralf Johanning

Ralf Johanning studied political science and works as a freelance journalist. For over ten years now he reports on the transportation and logistics industry. The priorities include topics such as telematics, software, and ICT. In 2006 the trained editor, Head, and Press Officer founded the editorial office Alte Schule with his partner Ann-Christin Wimber.

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